Who is going to throw the best neighborhood parties this summer…Why not us?
When reading through the Bible have you ever been struck by God’s commitment to celebration? Think about it: in the Old Testament when God would do a magnificent work amongst his people, afterward they would often celebrate feasts and festivals and carry them out every year as a way of remembering God’s triumphs over his adversaries. One of the greatest examples of this is the Passover meal — an epic celebration meal with several intentional parts that all serve as reminders of God’s faithfulness to his promises, and ultimately death passing over God’s people. The event of Passover revealed God’s mercy, grace, and love and the meal serves as a beautiful reflection of that.
Now consider the New Testament. Jesus was always eating meals with people. His first recorded miracle was at a wedding celebration. He had a reputation for dining with “tax collectors and sinners” (Matthew 9:10). Pharisees even accused Jesus of being a glutton and a drunk (Luke 7:34). Time after time in the four gospel accounts we see Jesus eating with all different types of people.
There’s so much more! One of the precious sacraments — Communion — is a celebratory meal that reminds us of what Jesus accomplished through the cross. The culmination of God making all things new in Revelation is marked by a spectacular wedding feast!
Throughout history, and from Genesis to Revelation, God has revealed a commitment to celebration — whether to rejoice in his victory over sin, suffering, and death, or to invite marginalized people into relationship with him.
As God’s people, the church, we should commit ourselves to throwing the best neighborhood parties this summer — initiating with our neighbors, investing in relationship by showing them they matter to us, and inviting them into our lives…because that’s what Jesus has modeled for us.
We are committed to the cause of celebration at Pathway. We want people from the church to throw the best parties to bless their neighbors. If you need help throwing a neighborhood party we want to help by offering you our Pathway Neighborhood Party Kit that includes:
4 - 8 ft. tables
32 - folding chairs
2 - coolers
3 - corn hole sets
1 - pop-up tent
And…a BOUNCE HOUSE!!!
If you’d like to reserve the Neighborhood Party Kit for your party, or if you’d like to learn more, email email@example.com.