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 10, 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.
Taizé Services Saturdays in the Guild Hall 5:00pm during Lent.
Taizé worship is an ecumenical, peaceful way to pray, using (easy to learn) musicalchants, silent meditation, and scripture readings… a meditative, common prayer. The service offers a wonderful opportunity to be silent and center on the Lord. It lasts no longer than 30 minutes.
St. John’s, Wichita, Lenten Luncheon Series “by Word and Example”
Feb. 17-March 16 Weds, Noon. St. John’s Lenten Luncheon program will begin each week at 12:00 noon, with Noonday Prayer and guest speakers’ presentations, followed by lunch in the Undercroft, with Q & A time with each week’s guest speaker. All are welcome! 402 N. Topeka, Wichita. www.stjohnswichita.org
Speakers for the 45th Annual Lenten Luncheon Series:
February 17 – Rev. Don Compier, Canon Theologian and Dean, The Bishop Kemper School for Ministry.
February 24 – Ms. Karen Schlabach, Youth Missioner, The Episcopal Diocese of Kansas
March 2 – Rev. Robert Hirst, Deacon, Good Shepherd Church, Wichita
March 9 – Rev. Canon Torey Lightcap, Canon to the Ordinary, The Episcopal Diocese of Kansas
March 16 – Rev. Carolyn Ballinger, Bi-vocational Priest, The Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas