February 2018 Newsletter (PDF)

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From the Interim Priest:

I was hoping that with the New Year things at St. Stephen’s might settle down a little. Alas, between snow storms, frozen pipes, boilers not working, special services, and preparing for the Annual Meeting. Then, I realized Lent is almost upon us. I find it very easy to get caught up in all of the activity and only after the fact realize that I am starting to burn the candle at both ends. I write this not to complain or to get sympathy but to share with empathy what so many of us face in our day to day lives. Our society, work, school, family, church, extra activities can suck up every waking hour and some of our sleep as well. As we approach Lent, it is an opportunity to let go of some of the distractions so that we may focus on what is really important.

Lent begins on February 14th. Yes, Ash Wednesday is on Valentine’s Day. The last time this happened was in 1945. It hardly seems fair, the one day that helps us focus on relationships and romance the Church is saying you must repent and put ashes on your head. None the less, we will be challenged to observe a holy Lent. I encourage each one of us to find something that will make our lives a little simpler, to make ourselves a little more open to God’ grace and direction.

For some this will included giving thing up, a special food or activity. Others will take on something such as a designated time to pray or some kind of increased social justice activity. Whatever it might be, I pray that we as a community may be able to slow down a bit and pay attention to each other. It is unreasonably hard to observe a holy Lent in isolation. Let us share our Lenten disciplines and hold each other in our prayers as we all seek to simplify our lives and trust more deeply


The Rev. Tom Barrington