Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018
6:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.
As Lent begins, I want to invite you to attend a time of prayer and meditation on Ash Wednesday, February 14th. (Yes, I know that’s Valentine’s Day, too.) Typically, Ash Wednesday services are brief (20-30 minutes) and include music, prayer, liturgy, and the imposition of ashes. Again this year, you have two choices: 6:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. If you’re on your way to work or are generally a morning person anyway, you can stop by the sanctuary for a brief service at 6:30 a.m. and then join other early birds for a cup of coffee or tea and some pastries in the Gathering Space. Of course, if that’s too early, you can attend an evening service at 6:30 pm. Either way, the time of Ash Wednesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church should be etched on our minds: Just remember…6:30.
This week’s music continues with themes of Christmas. The Pastorale has four contrasting sections where you’ll hear a variety of the organ’s flute stops to illustrate “shepherds abiding in the fields”. Alexandre Boely, who wrote the closing Noel has set a French Christmas tune ‘Mon ame, dormez-vous’ (Do you sleep, my soul?) Listen for it in the pedal.
Jane Edmister Penner
Last Sunday a group of about 25 people gathered in the Fellowship Hall to go out into neighborhoods to carol. We split into three groups, two went to Westminster Canterbury and one went to the Colonnades and nearby church members. In all, we made 14 caroling stops and spread unmeasurable joy. Jackie Brownfield hosted our last stop with food for the hard working carolers. Thank you to Jackie for her hospitality, and to Carolyn Kelly for her help organizing the Westminster Canterbury visits.
There is still time to sing in the choir on Christmas Eve. Youth and adults grade 5 and up are invited to participate in a special choir that sings at the 5:00 p.m. service on December 24. We will rehearse on Thursday, December 21 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Choir Room, and the 24th we will gather at 4:00 p.m. before the 5:00 service. Please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts if you have questions. This is a great opportunity for alumni of our Singers choir to connect for the holidays.