Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Sometimes things happen in such a way that you can only shake your head and chuckle. That has been the case for me with the season of Lent this year. Easter and Lent are movable dates on the church’s calendar. The Church has stuck to determining the date of Easter by the moon, which means it can happen on any day between March 22 and April 25.
This year, the joke’s on us, and Easter Sunday will also be April Fools’ Day. What that also means, though, is that Ash Wednesday will be on February 14, Valentine’s Day. While the two days might not seem to coincide very well, what better day than Ash Wednesday to consider what love truly means? How does the love of the infinite, immortal God play out in our very finite lives? How are we called to repentance so that we might truly love and serve all those for whom Jesus died?
Spend your Valentine’s with us this year as we consider those questions and here the call to a Holy Lent. There will be services at St. Paul’s at noon and 7:00 pm. I will also be at the Wynnewood SEPTA station from 7:00-9:00 am to offer ashes for those who won’t be able to make it to church.
In our Wednesday evening series this year, we will be looking at the unexpected ways God shows up in miracles and healing stories. We will gather together for a soup and bread supper at 6:00, with a service of evening prayer at 7:00. The schedule of preachers will be:
February 21: Rev. Arden Krych
February 28: Rev. Regina Goodrich
March 7: Rev. Timothy Johansen
March 14: Rev. Dr. Kris Peterson
March 21: Rev. Dr. James Pollard
As we enter this season of renewal and reflection together, may God dwell in our hearts, leading us to new and renewed understanding, love, and service.