Wayzata Community Church
March 4, 2014
Tuesday, March 4th, is Mardi Gras…French for Fat Tuesday. Images from New Orleans and other places will show lavish parties, outrageous banquets, and extravagant parades…all of which is a corruption of the original intent that was to prepare for the season of Lent.
Shrove Tuesday is another name for today, which more appropriately has its roots in the word ‘shrive’ meaning ‘confess’. The church I grew up in always had a huge Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper—a last chance to load up before the penitent season of Lent.
Whatever name you use for today…and regardless of how you celebrate it…there is only ONE name for tomorrow: Ash Wednesday.
As the first day of the season of Lent, Ash Wednesday is an invitation to literally MARK the start of a season set apart from other seasons. Ash Wednesday and the 40 days of Lent are a chance for us to show solidarity with Jesus and the time he spent in the wilderness.
Creeds and overly religious rituals are not a central part of our Congregational heritage here at WCC, but that doesn't mean they’re not important…and that they can’t help us on our journey of faith.
Ralph Waldo Emerson helps me every year when I remember his words: “The Gods we worship write their names on our faces; be sure of that. And a man will worship something ... That which dominates will determine his life and character. Therefore it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshiping we are becoming.”
Tomorrow night we will worship together and make physical mark on our foreheads to show our solidarity with Jesus…and demonstrate our commitment to a season of growth and preparation.
Join us at 7 p.m., March 5th here in the sanctuary…and be prepared to turn your life around…as we turn our Aegis cross around…remembering that the true light is coming into the world…
Inspire the World,