February 6, 2018

Lenten Season

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.

Shrove Tuesday
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.

Excerpted from:
http://www.sharefaith.com/guide/Christian-Holidays/origins_of_shrove_tuesday.html

Ash Wednesday

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.

Share Donations for February

Canned ham
Canned meats
Pasta mixes
Hamburger Helper
Ravioli
Beefaroni (etc)

Sunday Services

8:30am – Holy Eucharist

10:00am – Holy Eucharist

Weekday Services
Tuesday at 5:45pm – Soup and Bible study

Thursday at 11:00am – Eucharist

Saturday at 11:00am – Bible study

Weekly Prayer
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.

Choir
The choir rehearses at 9:15 AM on Sunday morning. All are welcome to participate.

Website
http://st-lukes-nh.org/

Submitted by: Jill Slocum

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