February – 2018
I went to the Nesting Grounds Coffee House in town the other day and the barista said, “You should have been here last week. Denny was here during your regular office hours on Monday and he had a sign that said, ‘Pastor Holly’s Substitute.’ He said he didn’t get any visitors, though.”
What led to Denny’s sitting in the coffee shop on my behalf was that a snow storm was coming in and instead of staying for office hours and leading worship at The Meadows Senior Facility that Monday morning before heading up to Detroit Lakes, I was strongly advised to get out of town on Sunday when the driving was less dangerous.
So Denny readily stepped in and took care of not only my office hours, but my devotional time with the people at The Meadows.
The Nesting Grounds Coffee House is going to be the host of office hours of a different sort this Valentine’s Day, because on February 14, Ash Wednesday, I have arranged with the owner of Nesting Grounds to have a table set up for imposition of ashes for all who wish them.
For years I’ve heard of churches doing ‘Ashes to Go’ where pastors post signs and are available for any and all comers to drive through the church parking lot, receive ashes on the forehead and have a prayer said for them as they head off to work. I’ve wanted to do this for several years now, but every time I get up the nerve to try it, I remind myself that Ash Wednesday is commonly in February and February in Minnesota is not a time to be outside, barehanded, administering ashes on foreheads. (Not surprisingly, this Ashes to Go movement began in much warmer places like St. Louis and San Francisco.)
But this year Wyoming is going to have its first ever ‘Ashes to Go’ event at The Nesting Grounds from 7:30-9:30 a.m., on Ash Wednesday, February 14. Anyone is welcome to come.
We’ll also be having a half hour service in the evening at our church, for those who can’t make it to the Coffee House early in the morning.
However you begin your Lent, may you have a Holy Lent through self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word.