It happened to me when my three year old nephew was visiting many years ago. I will always remember that day - remember when I made him cry. Remember when I couldn't fix the pain I caused.
Since he oved carrots he asked me to get him one. Easy enough. I opened the refrigerator got a carrot, washed it, peeled it, as my nephew stood waiting anxiously - for his carrot NOW. The carrot was long so I cut it in half but when I handed him the carrot he began to cry. His face turned red, he stomped his feet, grabbed my legs and pleaded to me, to "Fix it." I knew no matter how hard I tried I could never put the carrot I cut in half together again. So, I did the next best thing, grateful there was an extra carrot in the refrigerator, I stared over.
Lent is a time to recall those moments when we yearned to fix all the things, people, relationships, we cut in half in our life and tried to make them right but simply could not. Lent reminds us of our limits, weakness, and vulnerability. It reminds us that all of us have cut others in half or have been cut in half by others and, very often, we can't fix it.
We are called to spend this Lent sharing forgiveness with others by giving back, building up, or at least being still in silence to acknowledge the pain we have caused. So we can join with all those throughout the ages who have prayed: "Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin" and start over.
Please let me know if you’d like to sit down and talk or enjoy a coffee, at a social distance of course, or feel free to call meat 785-670-0158, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.My office hours are Monday - Thursday 10 am - 3 pm. … Fr. Tom
And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well please."
Jesus was fully present to the world happening around him. He noticed small and large signs of his Father's presence and love for him. Let us become more aware daily of the Father's love for us and our identities as Beloved during this Lenten season.
Sunday, Feb 21 - The First Sunday of Lent
Adult Forum: Begins 9am today - see announcement below.
10:00 am: Spiritual Communion Service, In person worship this Sunday plus service is on Facebook LIVE
Wednesday, Feb, 24
12:00 pm: Noon Day Prayer - on Facebook LIVE
Thursday, Feb 25
JCFM - Center of Grace Meal
6 pm: Cup of Cocoa - join us via ZOOM
Sunday, Feb 21, 2021 - The First Sunday In Lent -In-person service
9:00 am Adult Forum
10:00 am: Spiritual Communion Service, In Person worship plus service is on Facebook Live
The Olathe School District is in need of more underwear for needy students. We have met three request since the August underwear drive. At this point, we have no reserves. To continue this service to meet the needs of our Olathe students, we are requesting additional funds for the remainder of the school year. If you would like to assist, please make your check to St. Aidan's and specify it is for underwear. Thank you for your support.
Johnson County Food Ministry (JCFM) at Center of Grace, this Thursday February 25 contact Barb Belt for additional details.
Pledges and Offerings
Please send your pledges and offerings to the church office.
You may also donate online.
MAKE SURE YOU DESIGNATE ST. AIDAN'S IN THE DROP DOWN BOX.
In case of pastoral emergencies, please contact Fr. Tom Baker at
785-670-0158 (call or text)oremail him at email@example.com.
Please email any prayer requests to Karon Wintrode, and she will post them on Unison. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The parish email system is accessible through our website – www.staidansolathe.org See Julie Wojtas (630 865-3931) for information or any questions.
Be sure to check Unison for all updated information regarding St. Aidan's.
Thanksgivings and Prayers
We give thanks for the people of St. Aidan’s and the privilege of serving each other, our church and our community throughout the year. We give thanks for the faithfulness and resilience of St. Aidan's parish as we all work together during this difficult time, finding new ways to stay connected in spite of the challenges.
Cycle of Prayer –
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Anglican Church of Central America.
In the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer we pray for the people of Portugal, Spain, Italy and Malta.
In the Kansas Cycle of Prayer,we pray for St. Paul's, Coffeyville.
For Our Parish Leadership –
We pray for our rector, Rev. Tom Baker and his wife, Cherie. We pray for the members of the Vestry: Senior Warden Jane Bush, Mark Sappenfield, Sarah Smith, Kathy Mencer, Bonnie Eckel, Clarice Ewing and Paul Reed for the Vestry Clerk, Janet Siefert; for our Treasurer, Tim Tatlock; and for our delegates, Carolyn Sturgeon, and Sarah Smith.
For Our Troops, Veterans, and Law Enforcement –
Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women in the service and law enforcement at home and broad. Defend them with your grace; give them courage; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence; through Jesus Christ. Amen.
For the Departed–
Eternal Lord God, you hold all souls in life: Give to your whole Church in paradise and on earth your light and your peace; and grant that all your faithful people may at the last enter into your unending joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Guidance and Grace
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your sick servants, and give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that those for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.