Every Week During Lent:
Sundays: Evensong, 5:30 p.m.; Soup Supper and Teaching, 6:15 p.m. (Scroll down for details)
Mondays: Ancient Roots, 6 p.m. (Scroll down for details)
Fridays: Stations of the Cross, 5:30 p.m. (Scroll down for details)
Our Adult Forum Lenten Teaching Series: Meeting Jesus In the Gospel of John
Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John invites participants on a six-week journey into deeper intimacy with God by praying with the words of John the Evangelist (The Gospel According to John and First Letter of John). These two texts describe how God, out of deep love, sends God’s only Son Jesus into the world, to take on human form and live among us. By learning from Jesus, his human friendships, and his teachings about the God he calls ‘Father,’ we will discover God as One who longs for deep intimacy with each of us. We will take to heart the words of Jesus: “I and the Father are one.” We will find that God is not a judge, a disapproving parent, a policeman, or a taskmaster; rather God is our companion, our friend, our confidant, our beloved. We are even invited to abide in God as God abides in us. It is in relationship with Jesus that such extraordinary communion with God becomes a personal reality.
A companion 60-page journal will be available for a suggested donation of $5. These journals inspire meditations on daily verses from John and encouraging participants to respond through words, images, or however the Spirit leads.
Sunday Evensong, 5:30 p.m. starting February 18
Sunday Evensong is a mainstay of the English Cathedral tradition. Travelers to Great Britain will often make special plans to hear one of the famous Church of England men-and-boys choirs or just to drop in on the local country parish for their choral setting of Sunday Evening Prayer. When the Episcopal Church was planted in this country, it inherited a love of its mother church tradition. During Lent, St. Paul’s offers a service of Evensong each Sunday evening in the Church at 5:30 p.m. The St. Paul’s Choir & Schola offer an anthem within the ancient forms of the hymns and plainsong chants associated with this office. On Lent 5 (March 18), The Children’s Choirs will sing Evensong.
Sunday Soup Supper and Teaching Series, 6:15 p.m., starting February 18
A soup supper and teaching series will be offered from 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. each Sunday, directly following Evensong. We’ll meet in the Parish Hall. Soup will be provided, and you are invited to bring salad and bread to share. This year’s teaching series is entitled “Peering into the Holy Mystery” and will be led by Trent Palmer. Through brief presentations and group discussions, we will cultivate the ability to see and think about our lives theologically, think more deeply about the Trinity and the Cross, and consider holy habits for the sacred journey of life.
Volunteers are needed to make soup. If you would like to volunteer to make soup for a Sunday, contact Laura Wilkins at 442-7373 or email@example.com. Ingredient costs will be reimbursed.
For your Lenten discipline, you might also consider taking on a task related to hosting our traditional Sunday Evening Soup Supper. We need folks to help set up the Parish Hall tables and clean up afterwards. Contact Megan Downey at 442-7373 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you can volunteer to help.
Ancient Roots, Mondays at 6 p.m., starting February 19
Ancient Roots, a contemplative service of chant, silence, and breaking of the bread, takes place on Mondays during Lent at 6 p.m. Now in our sixteenth year, Ancient Roots is a shared experience of classic spiritual practice, available to beginners, novices, and those with no religious experience. Led by Dr. Richard Lee, The Gregorian Schola of St. Joseph Catholic Church will perform selections of traditional Gregorian chant. These ancient melodies seem to make time stand still and invite listeners to into a prayer of stillness. We also use a participative style of simple chant from the Taize community in France. Then, listening to a sentence of sacred scripture, we enter into a “Quaker Silence.” Together we participate in a sacred meal, the Breaking of Bread and sharing of Wine in a Eucharistic circle.Ancient Roots lasts for forty-five minutes and meets in the Parish Hall. Nursery is provided.
Stations of the Cross, Fridays at 5:30 p.m., starting February 16
Stations of the Cross, also known as the Way of the Cross, is a devotional practice recalling the final hours or Passion of Jesus. During Lent we display a series of images (stations) inside the Church, which recall events during the Passion. Participants walk from station to station, remembering the steps that Jesus walked on the way to Calvary, with prayers and words of reflection. The service lasts about 20 minutes as we walk around the church stopping at each station.Walk the Stations of the Cross with us on Fridays during Lent at 5:30 p.m. Albert Gray and Mary Miller will facilitate the prayers. During the week, booklets will be made available for individuals to use for privately walking the stations whenever the church is open.
Additional Evening Prayer Service on Fridays, at 6:15 p.m.
At St. Paul’s, we pray Evening Prayer in the Chancel every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. During this Lenten Season, we will offer an additional Evening Prayer service on Fridays, also in the Chancel. The Evening Prayer Friday service will begin at 6:00 p.m., directly following Stations of the Cross, and will be led by Albert Gray.
For centuries Christians have practiced three kinds of disciplines for Lent:
FASTING Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of strict fast, when observers go without food all day. (Drink plenty of juice or water!) Many people will abstain from some food or drink throughout Lent. Often, they will contribute what they might have spent on these items to charitable organizations or purposes.
PRAYER Adopt an additional practice of prayer. St. Paul’s offers several Lenten services: our Monday Ancient Roots contemplative Eucharist, our Sunday Evensong, and our Friday Stations of the Cross. You might also adopt reading the Daily Office of Morning Prayer or Evening Prayer through Lent. A list of personal prayer practice opportunities can be found on the righthand side of this page.
ALMSGIVING What might you sacrifice in order to extend your charity? Sometimes people will not only give something up for Lent, but also take on a specific good practice.
Ten Personal Prayer Practices For Lent
If you are considering adopting an additional practice of prayer for this Season of Lent, we encourage you to seek out one that speaks to you. Below are ten Lenten practice opportunities to explore, with varying degrees of investment:
1. Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John
2. Journey to the Cross
3. Lent Madness
4. Praying in Color Lenten Calendar
5. The Good Book Club
6. Episcopal Relief & Development Lenten Meditations
7. Living Well Through Lent
8. Mary Oliver and the Poetry of Lent
9. Giving Calendar
Pray the Daily Office With Us
No matter the season, you can always pray the daily office with us at St. Paul’s throughout the week.
We pray Morning Prayer Monday – Friday at 8 a.m. in the Parish Bookstore / Guild Hall.
We pray Evening Prayer Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Church. During Lent, we also pray Evening Prayer on Fridays in the Church at 6 p.m.
You can also read the Daily Office online at missionstclare.com/english.