The ultimate royal wedding

Pulpit view for Hawick News 29/04/11
By Captain Steven Turner
(Published on the day of William and Catherine’s Wedding)

Have you got your invitation? No, neither have I. Maybe it got lost in the post. Or perhaps there were so many family members, friends and dignitaries that we were too far down the list to get invited!

No good gate-crashing either; there’ll be tight security at the Abbey. You won’t get in without a proper invitation. And you’ll have to observe the dress code. Don’t want people turning up in jeans. Suit and tie for the gents, and the ladies will have to wear hats.

It reminds me of some of the parables Jesus told about the kingdom of heaven. Several of his stories describe it as a wedding feast. Invitations go out to selected guests, but some people refuse to come. So the king invites all the ordinary people instead.

When the bridegroom is delayed, some people don’t have enough supplies. While they’re at the corner shop, he arrives and shuts the door, with them on the outside! Then there’s the guy who sneaks in wearing the wrong clothes. Security deals with him!

You and I will have to settle for the BBC’s royal correspondent today. But we’re all invited to the heavenly banquet. I’m going there – are you? RSVP

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My wife Elizabeth and I were commissioned as Officers (ministers) in The Salvation Army in 1997, and have served in appointments in England and Scotland. Since July 2016 I have been working in The Salvation Army's Scotland Office as combined parliamentary and ecumenical representative.
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