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The Great Banquet

First Presbyterian is proud to be the first church in South Florida to offer the Great Banquet, a non-denominational Christian enrichment experience. 

This weekend experience is for anyone who:

  • Wishes to strengthen their own spiritual life
  • Wants to have a better understanding of prayer, the sacraments, study, and Christian action
  • Strives to live a Christian life that bears fruit for God
  • Seeks to know Jesus as Lord and Savior and to make Him known

You’re invited to be a guest at the Great Banquet given by God and to feast in His goodness and love.

What happens at the Great Banquet?

The Great Banquet begins on Thursday evening and ends Sunday evening. For three days, guests live and study together in a worshipful time of singing, prayer, and discussion. During each of the fifteen talks given by laity and clergy, the theme of God’s grace is presented. Guests participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion and examine more fully the presence of Christ in His body of believers. They personally experience His grace through the prayers and acts of a loving, Christian support community.

Turtle River Men’s Great Banquet #1

The Parable of the Great Banquet

The Gospel of Luke presents the parable of the Great Banquet. Jesus tells of a master who prepared a great banquet and invited many guests, saying, “Come, for everything is now ready.” After so many excuses for not attending by his invited guests, the master became angry and ordered his servants, “Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.” After this had been done and room still remained, the master told his servants, “Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full.” Then, as additional invitations were given, the banquet was presented to his guests. The result of the master’s invitation was to feast and fellowship at a banquet given by God. (Luke 14:15-24)

Turtle River Women’s Great Banquet #2

For more information about our next Great Banquet, please contact Jocelyn O’Neill at joneill1001@gmail.com or 561-889-6185. You can also learn more at https://www.lampstand.net/venue/fl-turtle-river-great-banquet-community/