This series will begin September 10th.
More information will be released as the series progresses.
Weekly Story Synopsis
Week 1 – BANQUET
This week we are reunited with the Donovan family as they continue to learn about generosity. Our story begins with Frank worrying over a banquet he is hosting to benefit the soup kitchen. We soon find out that this isn’t your traditional fundraiser. Re has encouraged Frank to invite not only benefactors but the people the kitchen serves. At the banquet, the two groups come together. Victoria, a donor, takes Cassie aside saying people feel ambushed by the newly invited guests. Many donors leave with her. They still offer their financial support but don’t want to know the people they are helping. But Victoria isn’t the only one unhappy. Chuck, a person from the kitchen, is upset and complains that there is no name card with his name. Frank responds by tearing up all of the place cards. The banquet ends with many empty tables. Re says, “Some people only want to sit at tables where every seat is reserved for people like themselves. If you want real community, you have to rip up the name cards and prepare to get your hands dirty.” Re’s words make Julia cry. She is a young woman, who confesses she hasn’t been a part of many communities. Recently she lost her apartment. Cassie insists Julia live in the Donovan’s guest house.
Later Re tells us that when he was homeless no table had his name on it. He had no community because people were uncomfortable with his need. Jesus said when you give a banquet, invite the poor. His words encourage us to spend more time seeking those we can be a benefit to instead of looking only for relationships that benefit us. Jesus humbled Himself, and we are to humble ourselves to be relationally generous by giving our relational capital to those who cannot repay us. The questions we are left with are, “Who are you inviting into your life? Are you including the lame and the blind?”
Week 2 – FOR SALE
As we resume our story, Cassie shows Julia around their guest house. As they look around the house for furniture, they find many things the Donovans don’t use anymore. A watch winder is the picture of their unnecessary possessions. Cassie tells Julia that she often feels like their stuff owns them instead of them owning their stuff. Julia encourages them to have a yard sale. Many friends from the kitchen come to help the Donovans, and the neighbors are not pleased. A family comes by and refuses to let their daughter meet Julia. They leave making it clear to Cassie and Frank that they want to get together “when things aren’t as crazy for you guys.” After the sale is done, Frank decides to give the money they raised to help Julia pay a debt she has to a man she used to work for.
Later, Re tells us the story of the rich young man, who came to Jesus looking for another rule. Jesus won’t give the man another rule. Instead Jesus invites the man to sell his possessions and give his wealth to the poor. The rich man had to surrender his love for the world so that he could love God fully, but the call of Christ was more than the rich man was willing to do. Things themselves are not bad, but our love for things can be an idol that keeps us from loving the Giver of good gifts. Giving, sacrificing, and even things at a yard sale can be turned into a sacred offering when we use them to help others as an expression of our love for God. And the questions we are left with are, “How can you simplify in order to give? What must you do in order to follow Jesus with your whole heart?
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