Begin a Holy Lent: Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday

Shrove Tuesday is the last day before Lent – the season of preparation for Easter and this Tuesday has traditionally been a time to invite the whole neighborhood into celebration (think Mardi Gras down South!).

Join the Altar Guild (folks who set up for worship) for pancakes, ham, and toppings this Tuesday February 13th from 5-7pm.  $10/person; $2/kid under 10; $20/family

“Shrove” comes from the older word “shriven,” which has to do with coming humbly before God to seek restoration in one’s life.  It is a fitting word to describe the whole season of Lent in the church.

We begin the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday with a service of the imposition of ashes.  The ashes from burnt palm crosses are used to mark a cross on the forehead as a sign of penitence and humility.

Ash Wednesday service, Wednesday February 14th, 2018 @ 7pm

We remember that all we have comes from God.

We remember that we come from the dust, and return to the dust at death.

We remember God’s call to care for the poor among us.

We remember that God calls us to restoration and renewal, confessing all that is not right in our lives.

We fix our eyes on the hope of God in Jesus – who overcame death in resurrection and proved God’s love beyond all things.