February 14 is Valentine’s Day, it is also the first day of Lent. In the early church, the first Christians used this season as a time of penitence and fasting. Today we too can set this as a time set aside to examine our own faith journeys and live into them in new ways. We begin the season on Tuesday, February 13 with our traditional Stove Tuesday meal of pancakes and jambalaya. Everyone is invited to this meal. Please ask how the menu became pancakes and jambalaya. On Ash Wednesday we will be offering three service of imposition of ashes and Holy Eucharist at 7 a.m., 12:15, and 7 p.m. Please join us at one of these services as a way to begin this season of Lent.
As we examine our faith journeys, we may discern that we need to fast from certain foods or practices and use that time for further reflection and study. Some folks instead feel led to take on a new practice, perhaps reading devotionals, bible study, or some form of physical activity or some form of outreach. After a time of prayer and discernment, you will know what God is calling you to. I encourage you to reach out to one another and share your Lenten journey or speak to me if you have any questions.
At Grace, we will be offering Lent Madness, a time to learn about the Saints of the Church, some well known, others less so. And by learning about the saints, you will determine your favorites and see how they fare as they come up against one another. Who will win the Golden Halo?
We are offering the Ridiculous Journey, a short video presentation with discussion following on Saturday evenings following the service and on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Then on Wednesday evenings, we will begin with a soup supper followed by table discussions and concluding with Compline, beginning on February 21.
February 28 will be set aside for our first Holy Conversation. This is the beginning of our discernment process for our new rector. All are encouraged to be present. We will arrange rides for folks who need them. There is wisdom in the community gathered as we begin this process, and the discernment gained from the gathered community is valuable as we begin to move forward. Please join us for this Holy Conversation.
The following Wednesdays will again be about gathering for a soup meal and table conversation.
“I invite you, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.” Please join with me and others here at Grace as we embark on our Lenten journeys.