Dear Friends in Christ,
I am in it for the pimento cheese.
I am talking about the Wednesday night Lenten series. And while there is a lot more to the series than pimento cheese, the cheese to me is symbolic of what makes those nights so special.
Many churches spend time together the way we do in Lent—sharing a meal and studying together. As we have regathered from COVID, the pattern of our time has shifted a little.
Individuals come and go over the course of the evening. Some gather online at 5:30 for evening prayer on Zoom. Some show up right at 6:00, hungry and ready to be fed. Some roll in from work just in time for a 6:30 talk on discernment or a craft with their children, a precious moment of connection in a busy week. Some make it just in time for 7:15 candlelit compline in the nave, putting hearts to rest at the end of a full day.
So: pimento cheese?
I think I love our Wednesday nights because there is nowhere else I ever eat a pimento cheese sandwich. This is a time that is humble and ordinary and special and unique all at once. In a life that is full of too much to do, for one evening there is nothing more important than to sit and eat a sandwich next to someone who cares about the same things I care about and who is asking some of the same questions I am asking.
I hope you will come, wherever and however and whoever you are. (In case you are worried, there are egg salad sandwiches, too. And other kinds. And also soup.). Come and sit, because we have a lot to talk about.
Yours in Christ,