Sunday, March 20, 2022
| Isaiah 55:1-9

Lent is an invitation to a banquet. But how will we respond?

For the past two years, it’s been difficult to throw a party, especially when the governor issues a “stay in place” order and everyone is wearing masks. But we’re Americans! We will find a way! Thus, the occasional tailgating party at a football game, bonfires on the beach or family picnics in the park. These are informal affairs and require only informal invitations.

But for anything that rises above the level of hotdogs and burgers served from the back of a pickup, or s’mores on the beach, invitations of a more formal nature may be required.

In what we would call the “olden days” — what our children would call “ancient history” — formal invitations would be sent to an engraver for calligraphy treatment and engraving. Cards would be hand-delivered or sent through the U.S. Postal Service.

Today, unless we inhabit a social stratosphere occupied by the upper half-percent of the population who can afford to do things...

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