Wednesday, February 22, 2012

They don't know what to do with it!

Madison Ave, with its ability to sell just about anything, from toothpaste to five dollar foot longs, does not know what to do with Lent, and I love it! 

Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving has fallen completely into the ad-man’s hand, manipulated like a piece of putty and reshaped into a massive ad campaign to buy stuff. 

But they don’t know what to do with Lent.
Against the clamor to get more, spend, Lent quietly calls those who will listen to prayer, repentance, ashes, renunciation, fasting, a focus on finitude, sin, death, with the goal that we would emerge from this season purged of the world, or at least less saddled by this world and more equipped to live as pilgrims.

This is the most counter-cultural expression of the church and this is why Christians around the world, around America, around Chicago, around Evanston,
should in droves participate in this journey with Christ
all the way to his glorious resurrection.

If Lent suddenly became chic, cool, popular then I would encourage us to put the brakes on and do something else.

The fact that they ignore it means we must celebrate it. Isn't it great that no one will walk up to you uttering banal phrases like, "Happy Lent! Happy Ash Wednesday!"

If you are near First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, and you are not part of a worshiping fellowship, you are welcome to join us for Ash Wednesday observance and other Lenten practices over the coming weeks. Here's the information:

Weekly Taizé Prayer Services:
Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
Ash Wednesday, February 22 - April 4
Maundy Thursday ~ April 5 at 7:30pm
Good Friday ~ April 6
Family Workshop
Service of Darkness: Lux Aeterna by Lauridsen ~ 7:30pm

Our 40 Days of Prayer conclude with the
Easter Celebration
On April 8 at 9:15 & 11 am