Randy's Ramblings, January 2018

This year the calendar is playing games with us!  Really.   

In case you haven’t noticed it yet, Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day; and Easter falls on April Fools’ Day!  It isn’t the first time, but it’s been a LONG time since that has happened.  I checked it out.  Easter Sunday last fell on April 1 in 1956, the year West Heights began!  But that was a Leap Year, so Ash Wednesday fell on February 13.  The last time Easter fell on April 1 and Ash Wednesday fell on February 14 was 1945.  (By the way, it also happened in 1714, 1725, 1866, 1877, 1923, and 1934.) 

So, the calendar really is playing games with us this year!  Easter is not on the same day every year because of how we determine when to celebrate it (the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox). 

While it may feel a little strange to some people, we will continue our practice of imposing ashes on Ash Wednesday.  It is a day to remember our mortality, to remember our creator, and to remember that we are loved.  So maybe it’s the perfect date to hold an Ash Wednesday Service!  Join us on February 14 at 6:30 pm. 

The hardest part may be that many of us fast for Lent.  Some give up chocolate, for example, as a form of fasting through the season of Lent.  And it seems a little strange to start that practice on a day when many people will give and receive chocolates. 

At the same time, it feels like an appropriate start to Lent, because this year we will focus on loving our neighbors by learning to be good neighbors.  Each Sunday in Lent we will offer some specific suggestions for how to reach out to the neighbors who live near you.  We will also offer classes to help us dig deeper into the idea of neighboring.  Check out the information elsewhere in the Logos or on our church website and find a way to join the conversation. 

We will begin Lent with a sense of Love and end the season with a sense of Joy! 

What could be better than that?