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Why You Should Lead ‘Come to the Feast’ in Gathered Worship

Many of you know by now that Songs for the Book of Luke is filled with songs that were written for Christian worship, especially in a corporate setting. Worship pastors and service planners will find songs for each part of a service, from the Call to Worship to the Benediction.

At my church, we’ve enjoyed singing “Come to the Feast.” Listen to the track below (sung by Sandra McCracken), and then let’s consider ways to use this song in our gatherings:

At Sojourn Church we’ve most recently led “Come to the Feast” as a Communion hymn. The chorus is a perfect summation of what is going on as worshipers walk forward to receive the bread and wine, which symbolizes the body and blood of our Lord. And of course it points to the day when we will eat and drink with Christ in his kingdom:

Come to the feast, come to the table
The great and the least, the rich and the poor
Come to the feast, come to the table
Come and hunger no more

Jeff Lawson, worship arts director at Vintage Ten in St. Louis, wrote “Come to the Feast” based on Christ’s parable “The Great Banquet” in Luke 14:16-24. The lyrics celebrate God’s great grace, which makes room in this banquet for “the sick and the well,” “the crippled and blind,” and for all of us—not because we’re worthy, but because of Christ’s sacrifice:

For all of your guilt, his blood it was spilt
So come by your Father be blessed

“Come to the Feast” also works as a song for the Sending, and a companion piece for sermons and services built around themes of mission and evangelism. Ultimately, when the church sings “Go to the highways and hedges,” we are repeating Christ’s command to ourselves. And when we sing “Come to the feast, come to the table,” we are not only singing to each other but to any unbelievers in our midst.

Finally, “Come to the Feast” works as a Call to Worship, for the same reasons listed above. God’s call to worship is a call to feast at his banquet table, to “come and hunger no more.”

You’ll find free sheet music and a chord chart for this song on the Songs for the Book of Luke album page. There, you can also watch a video that will show you how to lead “Come to the Feast” with just one vocalist and rhythm guitar.

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