This Weekend @ St. Paul's (2.21 - 2.22)

Dear parishioners,

The parish Buildings and Grounds Ministry will meet Saturday, 2/21 (tomorrow) for their monthly work morning.  Join us at Denny's Restaurant at Dudley & the 10 Fwy at 8 and then we gather at the church at 9 a.m. and work on projects until 12 noon.  All are invited.

This Sunday is the First Sunday of Lent and the physical surroundings are meant to call is to prayer and penance and looking at what we need to root out of our life during this season.  There is no ringing of steeple bells, consecration bells, no alleluias.  We enter to the stark sound of the clapping of 2 pieces of wood to remind us of the Lord's crucifixion.  The vestments and other decorations are of burlap and purple to denote penance.  The Baptismal font is filled with sand and transformed into a mini-desert to remind us of the 40 days and 40 nights of prayer, fasting, and abstinence that Jesus underwent in the desert.  

Fast & Abstinence:

The Book of Common Prayer, our guide to Christian life as Episcopalians/Anglicans, invites us to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent.  We are invited to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  Fasting is defined as having three meatless meals that equal the content of two meals.  We can certainly "give things up" for Lent, but the purpose of fasting and abstinence is to bring us to a place of reflection and prayer.  We are encouraged to pray more, read additional scripture, take on a service commitment like Laundry Love.  

You are invited to attended the Progressive Christians Uniting's Agenda for a Prophetic Faith event this Sunday, 7 p.m., at the United Methodist Church in Claremont (Foothill) east of Indian Hill.  Fr. Mark will be the Convenor and the guest lecturer is The Rev. Ed Bacon, Rector of All Saints Church in Pasadena.

Please be reminded that StPaul's is the hosting parish for next week's Laundry Love Pomona.  A volunteer sign up list is in the church.  Please bring any extra quarters you have around the house.  We begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Grove Laundromat on Garey, just south of Foothill, and finish about 8:30 p.m.  We hope you can join us.

May you all keep a holy Lent!