Something New for Shrove Tuesday at Epworth
February 8, 2016
Epworthies and friends will have a new experience at this year’s Shrove Tuesday pancake feed. Besides feasting on the usual fare of pancakes, sausages and all the trimmings, and getting a head start on our Lenten journey with a special spiritual devotional, we will also enjoy the frivolity of a Beetle Drive.
If you ever played Cootie as a child— a table game that involves rolling a die and assembling a little plastic beetle according to the numbers you roll— then you’ll be well prepared for this “speed dating” version where we will work in rotating teams, racing to be first to draw a bug and shout “Beetle!” It should be jolly fun and there are prizes for the top winners. All are welcome to join in the festivities.
After all the jollity Lent begins in earnest on Ash Wednesday. At 7:00 we will receive Holy Communion and imposition of ashes, a tactile reminder that, “Dust you are and to dust you shall return.”
Be sure to pick up your copy of the Not by Bread Alone daily reflections for Lent to read in your personal or family devotions to provide extra food for your meditations. And do take advantage of our special Lenten corporate prayer times.
As Epworthies journey together through the six weeks of Lent we will have Evening Prayers twice a week: Tuesday evenings at 6:00 we gather in the Parish Hall for soup and bread supper, followed by prayers in the sanctuary. On Thursday Lenten Evening Prayers at 7:00 in the sanctuary.
Lent is one of the oldest observations on the Christian calendar. From the very beginning there was some period of solemn preparation for Easter. The early church father Irenaus of Lyons (c.130-c.200) wrote of such a season in the earliest days of the church, but back then it lasted only two or three days, not the 40 observed today. Although Lent has changed over the years, the purpose has always been the same: self-examination and penitence with the goal of deepening one’s spiritual walk.
Do join us at Epworth as we seek to grow spiritually in this special season before Easter.