A Mask for All Seasons
The Season of Lent – symbolic of Jesus’ 40-day sojourn in the wilderness – is now upon us. Many people give something up for Lent. Others take something on. Either way, our reason for doing this is to find a way to emulate the life of Jesus, particularly his time in the wilderness.
Perhaps the most powerful Christian image is the crucifixion – Jesus pretty much naked in front of the crowd, stripped of anything that might have protected him from the gawking eye of friend and foe alike; there was little left to keep him covered. From year to year, I have vacillated back and forth about whether or not to give something up for Lent or to take something on. As I reflect on those last moments in Jesus’ life I realize how fully “dressed” we are, which leads me to the conclusion that there might be one thing that all of us could try giving up for Lent – and maybe for the rest of our lives.
There probably isn’t anyone among us who doesn’t wear some form of mask to cover up who we really are – so far from the nakedness of Jesus on the cross. What would happen if we chose to give up our masks? The way I figure it, the reason for giving something up is to bring us closer to God and to those whom God loves. What better way to accomplish this than to rid ourselves of the very things that stop us from doing this?
Regular Service Schedule
• Sunday 8:00 am - Said Eucharist
using the language of the 1962 Canadian Book of Common Prayer as found at page 230 of the Book of Alternative Services
• Sunday 10:00 am - Eucharist
Family Service with music and Sunday School
alternating between the contemporary liturgy from the Book of Alternative Services, p. 185, and the traditional service on p 230
• Sunday 4:00 pm ( from October through April only )
First Sunday - Meditative Worship with Taizé Music
Second Sunday - Holden Evening Prayer
Third Sunday - Celtic Eucharist
Fourth Sunday - Evening Prayer (Traditional, from the BCP)
• Wednesday 7:00 am -
• Friday 12:15 pm - Said Eucharist