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Lent at St. Paul’s

Lent at St. Paul’s

For this season of Lent, the 5PM Community has adopted the theme of Lent – A Journey of Penitence, Petition, and Protest. This theme will be a common thread weaving its way through our eNewsletter, Community Hours, and a handful of other ways.

 

Ash Wednesday – March 6th
7am, 12pm, 7pm

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. Holy Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes will take place throughout the day.

 

Stations of the Cross
Thursdays at 6pm
March 14th – April 11th

The ancient liturgy of the Way of the Cross will be offered in the Sanctuary each week. Many have found this weekly “mini-pilgrimage” to be a rich part of their Lenten Journey.

April 4th will include an organ accompaniment of Alan Ridout’s Fourteen Stations of the Cross by Father Walter Knowles. These are a set of short musical meditations on each station, written in 1978 after Ridout was deeply moved by the set of bas-relief granite stations by German sculptor, Emil Sutor, in the Cistercian monastic church in Altenberg, Westphalia, Germany.

April 11th will feature visual and performance art pieces from members of the parish related to each of the stations. If you are interested in contributing whatever art you practice, please reach out to Robin Jones.

 

Children’s Formation: Godly Play

We now offer this each Sunday at 10:30am for children ages three to 12.

 

We will be focusing on Worship this Lent: What it is, how Anglicans/ Episcopalians approach it, and why it matters.

Community Hour Formation
Sundays at 10:10am in the Parish Hall

March 10 – Worship: What is it?
Anglicans talk about worship a lot, and it’s at the core of St. Paul’s identity. Father Rob will lead a discussion about what worship actually is and maybe a bit about what it isn’t and why this matters.

March 17 – Patterns and Rhythms of Worship
Throughout the history of the Church, the Church has lived by certain patterns and rhythms of worship. Father Rob will lead a discussion about these patterns and rhythms, how St. Paul’s is intentional about living into them, and how each of us might conform our own lives to those patterns and rhythms.

March 24 – Sacramental Life
God is at work in the world, and often in people, places, and things that aren’t obvious. Anglo-Catholics claim that God isn’t just transmitting ideas to us through the Sacraments, but giving God’s own life to us. Father Rob will lead a discussion on the Sacramental Life of the Church and what it means for all of us.

March 31 – Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground is a film and readings based dialogue series on race, grounded on faith. Please come to an exploratory session to learn more about it and to discuss whether this might be something to which small groups at St. Paul’s might commit. Click here to learn more so that you can bring your questions, comments, hopes, and concerns!

April 7—Holy Week at the Center of the Church Calendar and the Center of our Lives
About a hundred days (somewhere between a quarter and a third of the Church Year) is made up of the Paschal Cycle (Lent, Holy Week, and Easter). At the center of this Paschal Cycle is Holy Week. At St. Paul’s we revel in this central week, but Father Rob will offer us a chance to talk about its riches and meaning, and to share our stories and experiences of Holy Week.

 

Wednesday Night Church: Catechumenate and Baptismal Renewal

Evening Prayer at 5:30pm, Mass at 6:15pm, Food and Formation to follow

You don’t need to be seeing baptism or confirmation/reception in order to participate in Wednesday Night Church! Especially during Lent, we focus on Worship, so please join our catechumen and confirmands on Wednesday nights for the next few weeks to add your voice about and experience of worship.

There are reading materials for each of the following sessions. Please contact the office or Father Rob to get them before each meeting so that we can spend our time in conversation rather than lectures.

March 13 – Introduction to Worship
According to the Story of the Church, human beings were created to love and be loved by God. Love comes in many forms (service, helping, life together), but at its richest includes some kind of joy in the presence of the beloved—rejoicing “in the splendor of your radiance” in the words of Eucharistic Prayer D. On this night we’ll talk about worship at its most foundational.

March 20 – Initiation (Holy Baptism and Confirmation)
Lent always looks forward (in part) to Baptism. Baptism is the Sacrament not only of new life, but of a very particular kind of life. And Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation is the Sacrament of Vocation within that particular kind of life. What happens in Baptism? What does is call from us? What does it give to us? Come join in this conversation about the Sacraments that make us who we are as Church.

March 27 – The Holy Eucharist
The Holy Eucharist is at the center of our lives as Christians, and St. Paul’s is especially intentional about this truth. But what is the Eucharist? What do the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion say about them? How can we enter more fully into its profound mystery and power? These are questions we will explore on this night.

April 3 – Other Sacraments, Devotions, and the Sacramental Life
Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist are called the Dominical Sacraments, but they aren’t the only Sacraments in our tradition. In addition, there are many forms of devotion (like House Blessings, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Stations of the Cross, and the Angelus) available in the Church’s life. This conversation will explore these and the sacramental life in general.

April 10 – Holy Week at the Center of the Church Year
Holy Week is at the center of the Church Year and the center of our lives. This Wednesday before Holy Week starts is the perfect time to talk about what it is and why it’s so important. Don’t miss this chance to prepare for this week that is filled with the richest of the Church’s liturgies.

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