One of my all-time favorite sermons, which I occasionally get to see on film, is "It's Friday, but Sunday's Coming." It's about Good Friday, the day on which Jesus was crucified. It is the most hopeful sermon I have ever heard because it eloquently potrays dying and rising to the new life of Christ. I don't know who originated it, but at least two people claim that sermon as their own.
Before we can get to Good Friday we have to walk through the desert of Lent, which begins two weeks from today. We call that day "Ash Wednesday" because we get a cross of ashes traced on our foreheads while the priest says, "Remember that you are dust; and to dust you shall return." Lent is a time for reflection and repentance - a time to think about our own mortality.
Even though Lent is very hopeful in that it culminates in Holy Week and Easter, I have yet to meet very many people who are enthusiastic about Lent. Regardless of how you feel about Lent, you are invited to a service of Holy Eucharist on Ash Wednesday morning, February 21, at 7:00 a.m. in the Chapel at Honey Creek. We are not yet holding regular weekly services, but on this special occasion I offer this service for those who wish to begin repenting early. I hope to see you there.
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek