February 6, 2018
Although Punxatawny Phil tells us that there will be six more weeks of winter, we are approaching the Lenten Season and looking forward to Spring.
St. Luke’s is fortunate that Doug Sleeper is once again going to prepare pancakes on Shrove Tuesday for the Bible Study group.
Shrove Tuesday occurs the first Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. It officially ends the season of Epiphany and is the vigil for the starting of Lent.
Traditionally viewed as a day of repentance, Shrove Tuesday has become the last day for celebration and feasting before the period of fasting required during the Lenten season. The name “Shrove Tuesday” is derived from the word “shrive”, which means to confess and receive absolution. The name denotes a period of cleansing, wherein a person brings their lusts and appetites under subjection through abstention and self-sacrifice.
Shrove Tuesday originated during the Middle Ages. As in contemporary times, food items like meats, fats, eggs, milk, and fish were regarded as restricted during Lent. To keep such food from being wasted, many families would have big feasts on Shrove Tuesday in order to consume those items that would inevitably become spoiled during the next forty days. The English tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday came about as a way to use as much milk, fats, and eggs as possible before Ash Wednesday began. In France, the consumption of all fats and fatty foods on this day coined the name “Fat Tuesday” or Mardi Gras.
6:00 PM, February 14 – St. Luke’s Ash Wednesday service
If you have palms available to be burned for Ash Wednesday, please bring them to church no latter than Sunday, February 11.
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8:30am – Holy Eucharist
10:00am – Holy Eucharist
Tuesday at 5:45pm – Soup and Bible study
Thursday at 11:00am – Eucharist
Saturday at 11:00am – Bible study
Join with the prayer team each week following the 10:00 service at the back of the church.
In depth healing prayer
The first Saturday of every month at 12:30pm – Come experience the power of healing, soaking prayer.
The choir rehearses at 9:15 AM on Sunday morning. All are welcome to participate.
Submitted by: Jill Slocum
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