Grace Lutheran Offers Lenten Meals, Services

BETHLEHEM — Grace Lutheran Church, located at 16 Ridgecrest Road in Bethlehem, will host a pancake supper from 5-7 p.m. Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 13 in the church’s Fellowship Hall.

Also known as Mardi Gras, Pancake Day, Fastnacht Day or Punschke Day, Shrove Tuesday is the last day on the Christian calendar before the beginning of the Lenten season.

The meal is free and open to the public. Pancakes, sausage and sauerkraut will be prepared and served by men of the church. At the end of the meal, palm branches that were blessed last Palm Sunday to recognize Jesus’s path being covered in palm fronds on the day he entered Jerusalem will be burned for ashes to be used on Ash Wednesday in preparation for the penitential season to follow.

At 7 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, Grace Church will offer the Service of the Imposition of Ashes. Ashes placed on the forehead in the shape of a cross indicate that the believer intends to enter a time of repentance along with meditation on the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. This ritual ushers Christians into the Lenten Journey to the cross and beyond to the joy of the resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Each Wednesday evening during Lent, Grace Church will host a light meal of soup and sandwiches at 6 p.m. followed by devotions at 7 p.m. The devotional service will use Responsive Prayer, followed by Pastor Tim Spence leading participants through a study on the discipline of prayer. There is no charge for any of the meals or the services, and the public is encouraged to attend any or all of these events. At the each of the services a freewill offering will be received which will go to help alleviate hunger through the church’s ministries.Grace Lutheran Offers Lenten Meals, Services