This Sunday will be a carnival during and after worship! This being that last hurrah before Lent, we will joyfully, playfully, and yet reverently, worship God in the spirit of Mardi Gras. All are invited to don your favorite masks, beads, and bright colors.
Masks will be the key. With a mask on we are able to appear as anyone we want to be. With a mask on we are able to hide our true identity. And from behind a mask we see how the world responds and reacts to someone other than who we really are. We will begin the service singing and praising God from behind our masks – entering into the divine drama as anyone we long to be.
But masks are not ultimately real, nor do they matter with God. The reality is that we cannot hide our true identity or intent from God. The season of Lent calls us to remove our masks to humbly and honestly present ourselves before God, confessing and repenting for our sins, fully trusting that God meets us even – and especially – in the wilderness. And so in worship we will remove our masks as we approach the Table of grace where God offers the bread of life and the cup of salvation. In Lenten fashion we will come to the Table “just as I am”…
If all that weren’t enough…we will also joyously welcome the youthful energy and amazing gifts of the Cathedral Choir School of Delaware. We will close worship singing of our desire to be in that number when the Saints come marching in as we make our way to the Church School Hall. There we will indulge in Mardi Gras treats that include an authentic king’s cake.
Now, speaking of transitions…the other big Hanover news.
Earlier today the Session approved the calling and hiring of our Church Administrator. And so in the spirit of the season…
May our celebrations and transition into Lent be blessed to bring us face-to-face with God’s grace.