A Message from Pastor Matt

January 25, 2020

Church News

Dear Church Family & Friends,

You won’t want to miss worship on Sunday, February 23rd.  It’s Transfiguration Sunday and the final Sunday in the season of Epiphany.  It will also be Mardi Gras Sunday at St. Paul’s!  Christians throughout the centuries have marked the end of the festive Epiphany Season with special observances and festivals.  Throughout parts of Europe and South America the Festival of the Carnival is a weeks-long celebration of the Three Kings finding Jesus.  The Carnival concludes with the Mardi Gras celebration on Fat Tuesday.  Our own church tradition calls the final Tuesday before Ash Wednesday Shrove Tuesday.  In both cases, the festivities of that Tuesday are marked by merrymaking and consuming rich foods before the fasting and introspection of Lent begin the next day.  

We will be celebrating our own Mardi Gras with some special surprises during worship.  Johnstown Brass Works and NoteWorthy will be with us providing some Dixieland style music.  Our chancel choir is preparing a couple of selections that will get us in the right spirit.  We’ll follow worship with a special potluck brunch in Fellowship Hall, complete with King’s Cake cupcakes!  You won’t want to miss those, so be sure to bring your favorite dish to share, a friend (if you’d like) and festive dress.

Our Mardi Gras celebration is a great opportunity for us to praise God and give thanks for the many gifts that have been given to us.  Just as the Kings brought gifts to Jesus, we too have received gifts and given gifts to those around us.  We get to see Jesus in a new way as he is transfigured, perhaps we will also get to see ourselves as disciples in a new way as we celebrate our gifts and blessings.

I hope that you will join us as we celebrate God’s gifts and love during our first ever Mardi Gras service.  We will then gather three days later to begin our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday.  Both observances remind us that God is with us throughout all our lives, whether we are celebrating or reflecting, God is with us and we are called to be with each other.

May God richly bless your journey!

Pastor Matt 

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2 Comments on “A Message from Pastor Matt”

  1. Rev Ray & Louise Brown Says:

    Pastor Matt: Great message Aug 10, 2019.
    Bouncing back. Ray & Louise Brown, Selinsgrove, Pa.


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