Next week marks the beginning of Lent, a season of self-examination, penitence, fasting and prayer. Not the easiest things for a Christian to do but perhaps the most productive. With the disciplines of Lent putting our faith on a firmer foundation, we are more ready to hear God’s leading, to worship with depth and joy and to love more authentically. Next week, we have the opportunity to participate in two wonderful traditions: Mardi Gras (a fancier version of our old Shrove Tuesday celebration) and Ash Wednesday.
They mark the beginning of Lent, but perhaps as important this year, they give us a chance to connect with our sister congregations. It is indeed a precious thing when Christians of different backgrounds walk together. Jesus prayed that all Christians would be “one” just as he and his Father are one (John 17:21). Let’s take a step in that direction with our friends at Journey and Memorial. I would appreciate if you would make every effort to join us both evenings. For families with kids, I expect you will be home by 7:30 on Tuesday and 7:00 on Wednesday.
Third Annual Mardi Gras Celebration on Tuesday at 6:00 pm.
Celebrated with our friends at Church on the Journey and Memorial, we’ll share a pot luck dinner (bring a main course and side dish or a dessert and side dish) and enjoy some of our talents afterward. Musicians from the three churches are invited to sing a song or two and everyone is invited to share a hidden talent or joke. It won’t be high entertainment but it should be a little good fun together.
Shared Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the Main Sanctuary
I’m really looking forward to this one. All three pastors will participate in leading a liturgy of penitence, in the imposing of ashes and in celebrating communion. Together, we will make a right beginning (as the Prayer Book says) of the season of Lent.
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – Food for Thought in the Last Days Before Lent
Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. 17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.” Matthew 9:14-17
As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, please do feel free to call me at 432-853-2751.
Your fellow servant,
THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
- Tonight at 6:30: The Bible Study at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Avenue. All are welcome.
- Sundays, Classes at 9:15 am, Worship at 10:30am.
- Friday, February 13th, 8:15am-9:15am. Shelf Stocking at Jubilee Center.
- Saturday, January 14th, 9:00am-12:00pm, Jubilee Center, Food Distribution. Just show up, we’ll find a place for you to serve!
- Tuesday, February 17th at 11:45am, Men’s Lunch at the Jubilee Center. Greg Clark and I will be the chefs for this one. Yes, the food will be great and we will be finished eating by 12:30. Join us!
- MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION, February 17th, 6:00pm Dinner and “Revue” in the Fellowship Hall.
- JOINT ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE (with Journey and Memorial) in the traditional sanctuary, February 18th, 6:30pm.
- Tuesday, March 9th at 6:30, Vestry Meeting in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner will be provided.
- EASTER SUNDAY, April 5th.
- Saturday, April 18th, 9:00am, Church Yard Clean-Up Morning.