From Caryne February 25, 2022
Hello, Weybridge Church!
I hope that you all are able to take advantage of the snow as yet another opportunity for winter activities, whether that is something outdoors or marveling at the beauty from indoor warmth.
I am looking forward to being back with you for worship this Sunday when we will mark Transfiguration, the final Sunday in the Epiphany season. We will hear about a mysterious, transcendent interaction on a mountaintop that the writer of Luke shows us in order to give us special insight into Jesus’ ministry and purpose.
This coming Wednesday, March 2nd, is Ash Wednesday. I invite you all to join me at 5.30pm on Wednesday evening for a service to begin our Lenten journey. We will receive a mark of ashes and begin to think about our theme for the season, “Full to the Brim,” and what that means for us as individuals and as Weybridge Church. Throughout Lent, we will be exploring how God’s abundant love and grace, not shame or penitence, form the foundation for repentance, right relationship, and being our truest selves.
To help guide us through the season of Lent, we have a few different offerings. One is a weekly devotional guide available in PDF form or a printed copy that I can generate. Each week includes a poem, some scripture commentary, and two pieces of visual art with a commentary. If you are interested in receiving the devotional, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with which format you prefer (PDF or hard copy) and I will have it ready for you by Ash Wednesday. Second, I will be leading two Lenten worship services at 5.30pm on two Wednesday nights: 3/16 and 3/30. The service will consist of meditative Taizé-style singing and prayer, and will not last longer than half an hour. For those who enjoy this kind of worship and others interested in trying it out, I look forward to seeing you there.
Before Ash Wednesday and Lent, though, is Mardi Gras! I lived in New Orleans for a little over a year before I moved to New Haven, CT, and the season leading up to Mardi Gras was full of radical hospitality, creativity (New Orleanians will work on their costumes for the parades for a year beforehand), and celebration. If you’d like some help getting into the mood on Tuesday, here’s a live recorded video of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band playing “Go to the Mardi Gras.”