This year, Lenten began on February 22, 2012 and ends on April 7, 2012.
Our Lutheran church is offering two services (morning and evening) to accommodate church members schedules. Before the service a simple meal of soup, salad, and bread were served. The church members provided the food, and the New members class (from February) served it.
The highlight of the dinner, was a delicious potato chowder soup. I was able to get some of it, since a few of us that served the food wisely ate before we served to the church members. That was smart idea on our part, since that soup didn’t last long. The chowder was made by one of the church’s schools lunch ladies.
You know I’m going to be begging her for that recipe! There were numerous other soups served; bean and ham, spicy chicken, crab soup, chicken and noodle, etc., There were a few others that I cannot remember. I was served the potato chowder and the bean and ham.
Silly me, I forgot to take pictures of the meal preparation — along with serving the food, but I’ll rectify that next time.
Service immediately followed the dinner. My daughter read the scripture reading.
II Timothy 3: 16 -17
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
What is Lenten?
Lenten refers to Lent, the meals served during this time are usually meager. Lenten starts 40 days before prior to Easter. The Lutheran church I’m attending now is the first one that openly recognized this ‘spiritual holiday’ so although acquainted with the practice actively participating in the tradition is new to myself.
I’ve been enjoying researching the lenten tradition, as well as learning even more about Lutherans. Actually, I did a ton of research before joining this church since it was important to me, to find a church that preached a good message, and not something ‘flowery’ to make people feel good.
For myself, researching Christianity has always fascinated me, and so I’m enjoying the time I’ve been spending learning even more about Lutheran history.
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