Lenten Series

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The beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, is on Valentine’s Day this year, February 14. Which observance is more important to you? Ash Wednesday simply does not fit with the festivities of Valentine’s Day. If you are married, you certainly want to be romantic for your spouse! If you’re not married, you need to be romantic if you ever hope to get married! How about following the New Orleans custom of Mardi Gras and celebrating all out on Tuesday, the night before, then going to worship on Ash Wednesday? Have your cake and eat it, too, and everybody’s happy!

When we get to Easter this year, it is on April 1, April Fool’s Day! Have you already started hearing any of the secular skepticism about this? Actually the Resurrection does fit with April Fools since through the Resurrection of our Lord, God made a complete fool out of Satan and all those who thought they got rid of Jesus once and for all when he died on the cross. I suspect it will be a little easier to choose between Easter and April Fool’s Day than between Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day. But if you didn’t already get the solution I mentioned above, let me give you a little more encouragement, not only to start the Lenten Season right, but to attend Wednesday night Lenten services as well.

We plan to take a humorous look at several of our ministries and ministry teams. Some of you will be presenting short skits followed by open congregational discussion about what you just saw and heard. There’s a skit about time and talents entitled “Peerless Talent Agency,” another about mission/witness/evangelism entitled “You First,” one on stewardship and giving entitled “Are We Talking Gross or Net?” a skit on Worship & Music entitled, “The More Things Change,” and one on Christian Education and Sunday School entitled, “The Substitute Teacher.” We guarantee you will laugh out loud at the exaggerated truths you will witness about ourselves and the church.

Of course, you will be fed not only with insight and humor, but a hearty soup supper at 6:00 p.m. preceding the worship service at 7:00 p.m. Four or five different soups are typically offered, simmered by the fantastic cooks we have here at Peace. You are invited to bring your favorite soup on one of the Wednesday nights so the workload is shared. You may also bring bread or dessert to go along with the soup. Now doesn’t that sound like a great way to have supper and fellowship, and enjoy learning while worshipping? As an added bonus, you will also have the opportunity to choose a few of your favorite hymns to sing in the worship service. Join us every Wednesday from February 14 through March 21. You’ll be glad you did!

Pastor Wandrey