Grace and peace. Today marks the beginning of Lent. If you missed an earlier service, there is one more Ash Wednesday service tonight at 7:30pm. Ash Wednesday begins a period of 40 days reapplying ourselves to the truly important things. It is easy to get distracted by the many things happening around us. The news alone can rile us up and discourage us. Then you add our personal relationships and it can overwhelm our sense of purpose. Lent is a season of penitence and fasting. I believe all of us should spend the time before Easter acknowledging our deep need for forgiveness and the meaning in our lives. If you need counsel during this season, please know that the Rev. Katie Solter and I are available to listen, pray, and offer perspective to you.
Tomorrow, your Alpha group will begin in the pilot program offered by the Diocese in hopes of bringing it to St. Patrick’s in the fall. There was a great amount of interest, so registration is closed. This Sunday, we have only one service as the Jubilate Deo choir will offer One Bad Apple, a mini-musical.
On March 12, the 9am Sunday School service will return. After the 10:30am service, we will welcome Matt Zeller from No One Left Behind, a refugee resettlement non-profit in the Washington area. Matt will share his experience with refugees and will inspire us to engage in this ministry in the future.