Saint Paul's Episcopal Church


Thomas and A Street - Altus, Oklahoma

Priest's Reflections

Dear Parish Family,

It is hard to believe but Lent is almost upon us. Lent is that season of the Christian Year where we as Christians, in a very intentional way, focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God and deepen our relationship with God to prepare ourselves for the great Feast that is Easter. The liturgical color is purple and we will be using Rite I for the celebration of Holy Eucharist. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which is 40 days, excluding Sunday, before Easter morning, April 12, 2020. The season begins with the traditional service on the evening of Ash Wednesday which includes the Imposition of Ashes wherein we recognize our mortality and repent of our sins. This year Ash Wednesday is FEBRUARY 26TH, 2020, and the service will be at 6:30 pm so mark the day and time on your calendar.

But before we make our resolutions and commit to change our lives over the next 40 days so that we might be more Christ like, we come together for one last "party" or "celebration" on the Tuesday evening before Lent begins. That day is called "Fat Tuesday" or "Mardi Gras". So on the evening of FEBRUARY 25th from 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm we will have St. Paul's Annual Pancake Supper. It is open to the entire community of Altus where there is no charge for the meal but donations will be accepted. There will be pancakes galore with sausage, hot syrup, orange juice, fruit and coffee. The men of St. Paul's do the cooking and the rest of us will act as servers and hostess' to welcome our guests with great Christian hospitality.

On the Wednesday evenings during Lent, beginning the week after Ash Wednesday, we will have our traditional SOUP SUPPERS and LENTEN STUDY. There will be a simple meal of soup and bread. There will be a Sign-up-Sheet for the soups. When preparing your soup please prepare enough for about 10 people. We will need at least 3 soups per evening so please sign up and tell what kind of soup you plan to bring so that we may have a variety. The meal will begin at 5:30 pm and the Lenten Study will begin at 6:30 and last until 7:30-7:45.

The Lenten Study will be "THE WALK, Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life" by Adam Hamilton. Last spring we had a book study entitled "SAINT PETER' by the same author which was warmly received with great participation.

In the Gospels, Jesus modeled for us the Christian spiritual life. The apostles taught it in their writings. And the Church has, through the last 2,000 years, sought to pursue this Christian spiritual life. So---How do we walk with Christ---daily follow him, and faithfully serve him? In "THE WALK" Hamilton helps us to discover five essential spiritual practices rooted in Jesus' own walk with God. In each chapter we will explore one of these practices---each of which is intended to be a part of our daily walk with Christ. It's New Testament foundation, and its potential effect on our personal lives, and our lives together as the church is great. Each study session, beginning Wednesday, MARCH 4TH, will begin at 6:30 pm with a short video of 13-15 minutes followed by group discussion.

There will be copies of the book "THE WALK" available for you in the Parish Hall with a basket for donations to defray the cost of the book. (recommend $10.00) It is also available on Kindle from Amazon for $9.99. If you wish a book a sign-up sheet will be on the first table entering the Parish Hall. Sign up no later than February 9 to guarantee a book by March 4th.

As we get closer to the beginning of Lent there will also be available in the Parish Hall several other resources for your use during the journey through Lent.

On FEBRUARY 28TH there will be a Special Retirement Dinner in honor of The Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. and Mrs. Debbie Konieczny in Oklahoma City. It will be in the Hall of Mirrors at the Civic Center. It is open to all of the Diocese of Oklahoma and reservations may be made on the Diocesan Website:

I encourage you to "check out" the Diocesan Website. There are numerous activities in the Diocese which cover a plethora of interests. We at St. Paul's are part of a much larger Episcopal family in Oklahoma. There is lots going on, so be adventurous, look and see what is available, you might just be surprised!

Blessings always,
Mthr. Suzanne








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