It begins with the words “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Lent is a season where our own mortality is before us and the season where the shadow of the cross is cast over and around us. In one invitation to Lent, we hear the words, “As disciples of Jesus, we are called to a discipline that contends against evil and resists whatever leads us away from love of God and neighbor. I invite you, therefore, to the discipline of Lent–self-examination and repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works of love–strengthened by the gifts of word and sacrament. Let us continue our journey through these forty days to the great Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection.” There is a different feeling about Lent, a certain heaviness, but also a freedom that comes in being swept up in the story of Christ’s death and resurrection.
As we journey through this season, our eyes are ever set on Christ’s cross and his empty tomb. We come together in worship to confess our sins, but also to hear the words of forgiveness. We gather so that we might be fed and nourished to go back out to do the work God calls us to do here in this place.
Whether you are just passing through Cairo, or plan to stay for awhile, you are welcome at St. Andrew’s. You’ll find Christians of many backgrounds and denominations, gathered to worship in Jesus’ name. Communion is served on the first and third Fridays of the month and all baptized Christians are welcome at the Lord’s Table. We sing and pray, hear God’s Word, and come together at the Lord’s Table as brothers and sisters in Christ, forgiven and loved, here in the heart of Cairo.Holy Week at St. Andrew’s Palm “Sunday”: Friday, April 11 at 10:00 AM Maundy Thursday: Thursday, April 17 at 7:00 PM Good Friday: Friday, April 18 at 10:00 AM Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 20 at 10:00 AM