A Lifegiving Invitation

“Invite to the banquet anyone you find.” Matthew 22:9

Dear People of St. David’s,

I pray that you and yours are well and that you’re enjoying some of the first signs of this new season of promise and hope in the natural world, and the promise of grace and love in the spiritual world of God’s kingdom. With the coming of spring each year, comes the even more promising remembrance of God’s great love revealed once and for all in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. Holy Week is that yearly remembrance and it begins this Sunday with the Liturgy of the Palms and crescendos through the week, culminating on Easter Sunday.

Let me remind you that you are invited to walk with Christ through Holy Week. God is inviting you to come and know God’s great and personal love for you this week. It is a love that is great enough to speak to persons through all time and places; a love that is personal enough to touch your heart and mine with the promise of forgiveness; a life with God now and beyond the door of death. Come and know again, or for the first time, God’s great love for you.

Let me invite you to invite someone else to come, too. Someone once invited you to the banquet of God’s saving love; maybe it was a family member, a neighbor, or a casual friend. Of all the times in the church year to invite someone you know into this life with God, this is the week. The story and power that draws us deeper into the life with God will work in them, too. Our invitation matters for them to experience the banquet of God’s grace and love and hope in their lives.

I look forward to worshiping God with you all through Holy Week and want to encourage you to invite someone to join us. There will be enough room for all of us in-person and online. God will bless us as we honor God by accepting God’s lifegiving invitation. Let us invite and welcome anyone and everyone God sends our way. See you in church!

Grace and Peace,

The Rev. W. Frank Allen