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The Joy of Shrove Tuesday – the Sorrow of Ash Wednesday

Next week, Lent begins. But before that, the day before, in fact, is Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday is the day we clean out all the fat from our diet, and prepare for fasting in Lent. Our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is revitalized with music, pancakes, breakfast casseroles, and Mardi Gras kitch. Its a fun evening in which we thoroughly enjoy the great food and great fellowship.

But the next day, Ash Wednesday, Lent begins. Lent is traditionally a time of fasting and repentance. If the season is to do its work on our inner selves, its important to do more than abstain from chocolate or some other temptation. Lent gives us an opportunity to create a new habit – five weeks to pray more deeply, and love more patiently, to be made into the likeness of Christ.

Fasting is a big part of Lent, and not the most comfortable thing to do. Some fast from meat on certain days; some fast a meal, some do intermittent fasting, which is eating all food for the day in an 8-10 hour window, and fasting between dinner and breakfast. Fasting has no ability by itself to make us into Christ’s image – but if we replace a meal, or a day with prayer, we learn more about the sorrows of Jesus, and hopefully find, first, sorrow in our repentance, and consolation in our absolution.

Shrove Tuesday begins at 6:00 pm, but you can come to eat later. We’ll be open until 8:00.
Ash Wednesday services are at 7:00 am in the chapel, Noon in the church, and Ashes to Go at 5:30 in the driveway.

Upcoming Events

  • This Sunday, March 3, is Childrens’ Sunday. We will be decorating an Alleluia Banner after church – this is an intergenerational event! We will “bury” the Alleluia Banner on Shrove Tuesday, and it will come out of hiding for Easter.
  • Shrove Tuesday/Ash Wednesday, March 5 and 6
  • Sunday March 10 – The Rev. Mary HT Davisson, Executive Director of the Baltimore Seafarer’s Center, will be our guest preacher.
  • The Forum, beginning March 10, will be The Way of Love in Lent. Led by Deacon Joe, except on the 10th when I will lead.
  • Lay Eucharistic Visitor training will be after church on March 10 with Deacon Joe.
  • Evening Prayer with meditation will be offered at 6:00 pm Thursday evenings. At 6:30 pm, we will gather for a soup supper, and hear “Stories of our Faith,” in which several of our parishioners will tell their own faith stories. Led by Deacon Joe.

In Closing

From the cowardice that dare not face new truth
From the laziness that is contented with half truth
From the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth,
Good Lord, deliver me.
– Kenyan Prayer –