Lent is 40 days before Easter. During Lent Christians prepare for the good news of Easter by recognizing we need a savior like Jesus to redeem our lives. Lent is a time of reflection and prayer. At EPUMC we add eating together instead of fasting, which seems odd until you consider that maybe what we are fasting from is the many other activities that take up our Wednesday evenings.
Starting tomorrow and every Wednesday evening up to and including March 16, we will have a Soup Supper beginning at 5:30. Tomorrow we will have service at 6:45 p.m. Each Wednesday after that will be followed by a brief worship service at 6:45.
The services, including tomorrow’s service, are quiet and reflective. At first glance this seems odd after eating together. When we eat together at the soup suppers, the fellowship hall is full of people talking and laughing and asking for recipes. You would think it would be hard to get people to stop talking and come into a quiet sanctuary, but it’s not. I think it’s because once we have the opportunity to remember one reason why it is so good to be a part of EPUMC (the people, the sharing, the soups), we are made ready to receive the other reasons why it is so good to be here, which are of course, God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
Keep the Faith,