It’s not unusual to have a themed wedding or party, but a themed funeral service gives me pause. Recently a member of our congregation passed away and the invitation to the memorial service read, “Clair loved to travel and she was particularly fond of taking a cruise. In celebration of Clair’s life, the family is asking for those attending Clair’s service to wear clothing that one might wear on a cruise (casual, Hawaiian, palm trees, no grass skirts, but you get the idea.” My closet is filled with beige, black and tailored clothes; hence if I wear my normal black funeral attire I’ll not be dressed appropriately. In the Parable of the Wedding Banquet there is conjecture from modern-day commentators as to the meaning of the wedding clothes and the customs of that period. However, with a literal reading of the text I find myself commiserating with the guest who, at the last minute, was brought into the banquet from off the street corner. Jesus said, “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless” (Matt 2:11-12 NIV).