Love and Repentance


Dentist appointments, vacations, work or worship — our calendars tell us when and what we have to do. They help us avoid conflicts. But, what about when Ash Wednesday, the fasting-and-repentance start of Lent, and St. Valentine’s Day, the celebration of romance and chocolates, show up on the same day, Feb. 14? How do we reconcile those on our church calendar?

A starting point comes from The Book of Worship as it addresses conflicts between celebrating a special day in the church year, such as Ash Wednesday or Easter, and a “special Sunday” approved by General Conference or special day from the secular calendar. The Book of Worship is clear that the special day in the church year takes precedence although the other may also be observed.

Since some challenges can become opportunities, how can the faith community celebrate public repentance and reconciliation this year while the popular culture celebrates romantic love?