Lenten Fun (yes it can happen)

Thought we might offer a little bit of Lenten fun.  We will be doing this skit Tuesday night at a Pancake Supper at St Stephen’s, Rochester.

Don stands looking at a book. Nancy (looking grim) comes up “interrupts”

N. Fr Fiasco? Excuse me Fr. Fiasco. I know you are busy but…

D.  Not at all, Miss Perception. How may I help you? Is everything all right with your Sunday School class?

N.  That’s what I want to talk to you about. I understand you were questioning my students.

D. Well, just checking. I know you are talking about the Old Testament period. So I simply asked the about the walls of Jericho…

N. They had nothing to do with that! We have not been taking field trips. And to accuse them of vandalism…

D. There was no accusation… we know Joshua did it.

N. It couldn’t be Joshua. He is such a good boy, (though he doesn’t come to Sunday school very often). The farthest he has gone is Hamlin. And remember he is small – and destroying walls would require more strength than that…

D. All right, all right – it wasn’t Joshua then. Perhaps in the future you should stick with the Gospel…  Anything else I can help you with?

N.  Well there is Lent. I can’t seem to get it across to the class.

D.  What is the problem?

N. I told them there is a change of liturgical season, a part of the church year, which is coming. They asked what it was?  I told them it was Lent. They asked to whom I lent it, and when would we get it back?

D. Perhaps you should describe the season to them.

N. I talked to them about not eating sweets, candy, and snacks for 6 weeks. And described it as a fast. They told me that 6 weeks without the good stuff wouldn’t be fast – it would last forever.

D  Did you tell them about Ash Wednesday?

N.  That didn’t go very well.

D. What happened?

N. They don’t like things midweek – they want it to be on a Sunday. So I was wondering if we could change it?

D. (sighs) Probably not.  So did you explain that ashes are a sign of repentance?

N. Yes, but they demanded I do an environmental impact study on the climatological effects of burning palms.   And they wondered if we have certification from Health & Human Services or the FDA that palm ash is safe for application on humans?

D.  We’ll work on getting that. But these symbols of sackcloth and ashes… they are a tradition of the season.

N. They brought a sample of their favorite sack cloth. (produce Bills cloth)

D. Yeah, right – don’t they wish… Well let’s try another approach.  Would they want to try some spiritual practices?

N. Like what?

D. Meditation.

N. We can do that?

D. Of course we can meditate.

N. (disappointed) Oh darn! I thought you said medicate them.

D. How about walking a labyrinth.

N. A What?

D. A labyrinth – walking a sacred journey.

N.  No. I don’t think so. Not after what they did at Jericho.









About don

The Rev Don Hill is an Episcopal priest, rail fan and writer. He and his wife the Rev. Dr. Nancy Woodworth-Hill are currently Co-Pastors of St Paul's Episcopal Church, Jeffersonville IN, in the Diocese of Indianapolis. They also work as parish consultants in Appreciative Inquiry, strategic planning and spirituality development for parishes and vestries.
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