By Pastor Tracey Leslie
Scripture: Luke 9:28-36
Lent begins this Wednesday. Lent is a “season” on the church’s calendar; a period of 40 days (excluding Sundays) during which we spiritually prepare for the celebration of Easter. Here at Trinity, Lent unofficially kicks off each year with our Fat Tuesday pancake supper. This year our event will focus on the ministry of UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief. You can read more details in this morning’s bulletin. Our Pancake Supper concludes with a service to transition us into Lent. We call it “Beads to Ashes,” emphasizing that – as we enter Lent – we put the colorful, celebrative beads of Mardi Gras aside and put on symbols of repentance and mortality: the ashes that will be applied to our foreheads in the shape of the cross.
Another common symbol of Mardi Gras is masks. In New Orleans, krewes who organize the parades don masks that allow them to behave in ways that might ordinarily be deemed socially unacceptable. At the Mardi Gras following Hurricane Katrina, members of many krewes mocked and ridiculed FEMA. Anything goes on Fat Tuesday and, with the anonymity of a mask, no one fear Wednesday morning reprisals.
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