Ash Wednesday “Come Together”
February 14, 2018
6:45 a.m. and 12 noon – Spoken Eucharist with Ashes
7:30 p.m. – Sung Evening Prayer with Eucharist and Ashes
Lenten Midweek “Abide With Me”
Wednesdays, February 21, 28, March 7, 14, and 21
12 noon – Spoken Eucharist
7:30 p.m. – Sung Evening Prayer with Eucharist
FAMILY FELLOWSHIP POTLUCK DINNER
SUNDAY, MARCH 18
4:00 P.M. – FRANKLIN NELSON HALL
Please join us for our Family Fellowship Potluck Dinner. The family fun starts at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. Everyone is welcome. Bring your family and please bring your favorite dish, veggie, or dessert to share. We would like to have a variety of food to share and enjoy so please sign-up on the sheet on the kiosk in the Narthex. We will have water, coffee, and tea available. If you would like something else to drink, please feel free to bring what you like.
We would like to collect your recipes so please bring them in and we will put them together to share with everyone. If you are interested in helping, please contact the Church Office or email email@example.com
I recently heard that the majority of people who make New Year’s resolutions will break them by six weeks into the new year. This year, that takes us to Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent. For those of you who gave up on that New Year’s Resolution long before February and need something else to commit to…it’s not uncommon for people to give up something for Lent. Christians of all persuasions – not just Catholics. What’s it going to be? Chocolate? Coffee? Wine, beer, soda? You name it… Some people sign off of social media for 6 weeks – no more Facebook or Snapchat. Not such a bad idea, if you ask me… Need a list?
As we begin this Lenten journey, our lessons this morning are filled with rich images of water. Baptismal images. Water that nurtures and sustains life. But there is such a thing as getting too little or too much water. We hear countless stories of the destructive power of water – and the absence resulting in drought causing devastation and hardship. Even so, water is an essential part of creation.
In Genesis, the world was overcome by the water in the days of Noah…and yet the writer of First Peter reminds us that God delivers Noah and his family from death…and connects the flood with baptism as a sign of deliverance. In our Gospel, after Jesus is baptized by John, the Holy Spirit descends on him and immediately he’s driven into the wilderness – to a place void of water, to the desert, for 40 days. But even in the desert, there is life.