Every Wednesday during Lent, our church has a Soup Supper. Different groups within the church sponsor them- the Altar and Rosary, the Men's group, the choir, etc. People either bring a crock-pot of soup or a dessert. Then, at 5:30, they open the doors and people come eat. They have a basket for a good-will donation, which then goes to Catholic Relief Services or Operation Rice Bowl. At first, I was hesitant to go to this- I thought it was going to be all churchy and we'd have to sit and discuss Bible stuff or Lent stuff, which is all fine and good, but not necessarily what I really want to do on a Wed. evening. What I found out, though, was that it's just fellowship. Come together, eat some soup, talk to friends and neighbors, recite some prayers from "Liturgy of the Hours"- like evening vespers, and then go home. And the prayers we recite are actually very beautiful- I don't care what your religious affiliation is or is not, it's really beautifully written.
What a nice thing for us in the middle of the week, in the middle of the dreary winter. How lucky are we to belong to such a great community?