Grace and peace. A week from today is the beginning of Lent. We mark the beginning with Ash Wednesday (services at 12:30 and 7:30pm). Before we get there, we have a special Mardi Gras Sunday at St. Patrick’s. At 9am, the Bluegrass troupe will provide music. Between services (9:45-10:30), jazz music will accompany our pancake breakfast. We are offering this on Sunday morning instead of on Tuesday evening. At the 10:30 service, we will celebrate with jazz music provided by a gift in memory of Ann Durney. I look forward to celebrating in earnest before we take on our Lenten disciplines.
Those of you who are friends of mine on Facebook know that my uncle died on Monday after living with cancer for many years. It was not unexpected, but it was too soon. He was 66 years old, a husband, father, retired chief petty officer in the Navy, and retired Omaha Police Officer. Thank you for your condolences. I will be away on Monday and Tuesday of next week officiating his memorial service in Omaha, but will be back for Ash Wednesday services on March 1.
PS. We have heard portions of the Sermon on the Mount over the past four weeks at St. Patrick's. I have been reflecting on these words in my sermons which has formed a special series. I invite you to listen to the sermons you missed over the past several weeks in light of the events happening around us.
The Beatitudes - January 29
Salty - February 5
You have heard... - February 12
Love Your Enemies - February 19