I was getting a pizza last weekend at Papa Murphy’s, and I commented to the guy who was making it how they must be pretty busy with all the Super Bowl parties. He shrugged and said that yes, there was a big increase in orders, but their busiest day was always Valentine’s Day. I was a bit surprised at that, but he said between husbands saying they’ll “make supper tonight” or perhaps getting a pizza for the kids while mom and dad go out to dinner, they make up hundreds of pizzas every February 14th.
I wonder if it will be different this year, because Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day this year. Ash Wednesday, of course, marks the beginning of Lent, a season of discipline and penitence as we prepare for Easter. Somehow, heart shaped boxes of chocolates, going out to a nice restaurant for dinner, or even ordering a Papa Murphy’s pizza doesn’t quite fit in with the ashes and fasting of the first day of Lent. There is a bit of a disconnect there.
But with Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day being the same day, it means that Easter will be April 1st. That’s right, April Fool’s Day. This to me is somehow very fitting, for the Resurrection of our Lord is the day when God made fools of the powers of evil, death and darkness.
We will be having an Ash Wednesday service, next week, February 14th, in the sanctuary at 6:00. It will include the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper as well as the imposition of ashes. There will be no LOGOS, confirmation class or Chancel Bell rehearsal that night, but the Chancel Choir will sing at the service and have a brief rehearsal afterwards. I hope you will join us to pause and reflect on the beginning of the holy season of Lent.
Parents, if you would like to celebrate Valentine’s a few days later with a nice dinner out, or just have a break, the youth are offering a “Parents’ Night Out” event on Saturday, February 17th. It will run from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. here at the church, for kids between the ages of 4 to 11. Donations will be accepted to go towards the summer mission trip. Contact Abbie Parker for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, with the season of Lent about to begin, that means that this weekend is Transfiguration Sunday. Chancel Choir is singing at the first service. I will be preaching on 2 Kings 2:1-12 and Mark 9:2-9. My sermon title is “Lift Off.”
Stay in One Peace,