Lent is the season between Ash Wednesday and Easter and is a special season of preparation for Easter. Many people observe Lent by undertaking special programs of study; many practice self-denial. The purpose of Lent is not self-punishment but preparation for Easter through concentration on fundamental values and priorities. As we experience the season of Lent St. Andrew’s invites everyone to join us in any or all of the following events.
Shrove Tuesday is the day immediately before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, named for the “shriving,” or confessions and absolutions, performed traditionally that day. Also known as Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” for those who prepare for Lent by making sure they have sins of which to repent. Traditionally pancakes were eaten, because eggs and fat, forbidden during a Lenten fast were used.
Ash Wednesday Services, February 18, 12:00pm and 7:00pm.
The first of the forty days of Lent, named for the custom of placing blessed ashes on the foreheads of worshipers at Ash Wednesday services. The ashes are a sign of penitence and a reminder of mortality, and may be imposed with the sign of the cross. The ashes are made from palm leaves left over from the preceding Palm Sunday celebration.
Please join Fr. Tom to discuss the previous week’s daily meditations of the Brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist www.SSJE.org/time.
Lenten Series ‘Exploration of the Gospels’ Wed. March 4, 11, 18, & 25th 7:00pm
Deacon John Roper will be leading an exploration of the Gospels this Lenten season. He will be discussing how each Gospel gives a different portrait of Jesus. This will include the background of the author, how they were written and who they were written for. How the Roman, Greek and Jewish cultures and languages influenced the writings. Participates will have a chance to reflect on the scriptures. Please bring a Bible and join him in the Large Classroom. Fr. Tom urges everyone to take part – you will be amazed! Go and see why Fr. Tom says – “you will be amazed!”
St. John’s, Wichita, Lenten Luncheon & Speaker Series Feb. 25-March 25 Weds, Noon
Lunch will be available in the library following the service. A $5 donation is requested. Speakers will continue an informal conversation with a question-and-answer time after lunch. 402 N. Topeka, Wichita. www.stjohnswichita.org
Speakers for the 44th Annual Lenten Luncheon Series:
February 25 The Reverend Dr. Mary J. Korte, Rector, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Wichita, Kansas
March 4 The Reverend Andrew O’Connor, Rector, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Wichita, Kansas
March 11 The Reverend C. Earl Mahan, Rector, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Wichita, Kansas
March 18 The Reverend Dawn Frankfurt, Rector, St. James’ Episcopal Church, Wichita, Kansas
March 25 The Very Reverend Tom Wilson, Rector, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Derby, Kansas