Shrove Tuesday at Home

Shrove Tuesday (March 1) is the final day in the church calendar before we enter the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday was the day that people prepared their homes and their lives for the penitential season to come. “Shrove” is derived from “shrive,” which refers to the practice of confession of sins typically practiced on this day in Europe during the Middle Ages. Over time, the traditions of the day evolved into a day of celebration (and sometimes revelry) as people indulged in the things that they are preparing to give up for the next six weeks of Lent. Christians would often clean out their kitchens to use up items like sugar, butter, eggs, and fat—all of which were commonly given up during Lent. In looking at this history, we can easily imagine why pancakes and other cakes became a common tradition for Shrove Tuesday.  

Although we won’t be celebrating Shrove Tuesday together this year, we hope that you will celebrate it at home with your families and friends. A few suggestions of how to do this are: 

Have pancakes for dinner
Make or purchase a King Cake
Make gumbo (a Shrove Tuesday tradition especially associated with New Orleans)
Indulge one last time in whatever you are planning to give up
for Lent
Prepare your home for Lent by cleaning it and choosing a designated space for prayer
If you haven’t already chosen a Lenten practice, spend time reflecting on what you might do this year that will help bring you closer to God

However you choose to prepare, we hope that you will celebrate Shrove Tuesday at home and that we will see you at church on Ash Wednesday. As a reminder, our service times are: 

8:00 a.m. Ash Wednesday Service in the church
9:00 a.m. Ashes-on-the-Go on the sidewalk
11:00 a.m. Ashes-on-the-Go on the sidewalk
12:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service in the church
7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service in the church 

We pray as we enter this season of Lent that it will be a time of reflection and penitence as we all seek to grow closer to God through reflecting on Jesus’s life and death. 

Blessings, 

Amanda+
The Reverend Amanda C. Stephenson, Associate Rector

Sunday

Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:45 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9:00 a.m., Church
Formation, 10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 11:15 a.m., Church and Livestream
Choral Evensong, 5:00 p.m., Church

Updated COVID Safety Protocols. The Diocese of N.C. has returned to late-2021 safety protocols. For those who prefer additional space during worship, those seats are available in the Chapel and the transepts. Though Mecklenburg County has lifted its own mask mandate, diocesan guidelines require masks indoors for all services where congregational singing occurs, regardless of vaccination status.

Children’s formation and nursery care. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd this Sunday will be offered in-person for children ages 3-12 in the atria, 10:00 a.m.–Noon.  Child care for young children through age 3 is offered in the nursery, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  For more information, please contact Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org). 

Lent at St. Peter’s. Our Lenten observances begin with Ash Wednesday on March 2. There will be no Shrove Tuesday dinner in the Parish Hall, due to ongoing pandemic precautions. In next week’s eNews we have provided prayers and recipes for parishioners to observe Shrove Tuesday at home. On Sundays in Lent, the Parish Hall Forum will focus on a study of Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s The Last Week, about the final days before the crucifixion in the Gospel of Mark.

On Ash Wednesday, three services of Holy Eucharist will be offered in the Church, along with our sidewalk ministry of Ashes-on-the-Go, for those unable to attend Church in person. On Sunday, March 6, the First Sunday in Lent will be marked by the Great Litany in procession. Whether you participate in one or all of these offerings, our hope is that Lent at St. Peter’s will enhance your journey of discipleship as we prepare for the holiest of seasons in the Church.

Ash Wednesday at St. Peter’s. 
Ash Wednesday Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Ashes-on-the-Go Sidewalk Ministry, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Ash Wednesday Eucharist, Rite II, 12:00 p.m.
Ash Wednesday Eucharist, Rite II, 7:00 p.m.

A Conversation about Stewardship. When you think about your own call to be a good steward, what comes to mind? The way you contribute your ideas? How you spend your time? Your material wealth? All of these gifts are important, and the way you contribute them makes a very real difference.

Join John Buric and Tony Craghead this Sunday during the Adult Forum for a conversation about stewardship and the many ways our energy, creativity, compassion, service, wisdom and money become shared ministry.   

You can also learn more from our Director of Stewardship, Allison Elrod (aelrod@st-peters.org, 704-749-6156). She is here to help you connect with areas of ministry, and can tell you more about how your financial contributions impact life at St. Peter’s and in the broader community.

Choral Evensong, Sunday, February 27, 5:00 p.m. At the next service of Choral Evensong, members of the Charlotte Choir School’s Tour Choirs will serve as the choir in residence. They will sing Responses by Harry Bramma, Canticles by George Dyson, and “The Call,” by Z. Randall Stroope. For this Sunday before Ash Wednesday, the final hymn is the much beloved “Praise, my soul, the King of heaven.” Patrick Pope, Director of Music at our neighboring church, Holy Comforter, is the guest organist.