Hello Trinity Friends,
The last day before Lent (referred to as Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday Carnival, or Fasching) is sometimes celebrates as a last fling before the more solemn time of Lent. For many it was customary to abstain from meat, which is why some people call the festival Carnival – which can be translated from Latin to “farewell to meat”. Pancake suppers were held to use up all the milk, fats and eggs before beginning a period of fasting.
* An electronic fast. Give up TV, Facebook, texting, tweeting, e-mail and all things electronic for one day every week.
* Delve deeper into the Bible. Join a bible study or plan to do a self-guided study of the bible.
* Try a daily practice of silence. Spend 30 minutes a day in silence and prayer. Read a daily devotional – You can borrow one from our library or find many online. St. Andrew’s United Church has produced a wonderful Lenten resource which should be on the table in the narthex this week.
* Cultivate a life of Gratitude and Generosity: Write thank-you cards or lists of things that you are grateful for each day – Give more love, time, or money to places in our community that need it.
* Try a carbon fast: Eat and live more simply, pray for the earth, walk or take public transit, pack litterless lunches. (resources can be found online.)
Peace be with you,