Ash Wednesday and Lent
“I invite you in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.” (BCP pg. 265)
You are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities to observe a holy Lent.
Ash Wednesday – Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes will be offered at 9:30 am and 7:00 pm on February 10. These are joint services with St. Mark Lutheran Church. This year we have the Episcopal liturgy and music, and Pastor Brian will be the preacher.
Stations of the Cross – St. Mark ELCA, St. Luke’s RC, and St. George’s Churches pray the Stations of the Cross together each Friday in Lent during the noon hour, beginning at 12:10 pm. This year they take place at St. Luke’s (301 North Church Street). Everyone is welcome to take part in this quiet, meditative service.
Thursday Night Lenten Soup Suppers & Program
An excellent opportunity for education during Lent is our Thursday night gatherings. The evening begins with a simple supper of soup, salad, and bread at 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall, followed by the program at 6:45. This year we are delighted to welcome the Rev. Ralph McMichael, who will present our program, “The Body of Christ at Prayer.” The evening concludes at 8:00 pm.
Fr. McMichael has been an Episcopal priest for almost 35 years, and is currently serving at St. Andrew’s in Edwardsville. He has served as a seminary professor, dean of a diocesan school for ministry, canon for ministry formation, and in parish ministry. He is also the author of several books, and has written, taught, and lectured extensively on the history, theology, and practice of the Eucharist.
Fr. McMichael’s titles for each week are: Feb. 18 – At Prayer; Feb. 25 – The Physical Body; March 3 – The Historical Body; March 10 – The Ecclesial Body; and March 17 – The Eucharistic Body.
There is no cost for the evening, but participants are asked to contribute what they would otherwise have spent for dinner. Proceeds will divided between Bethany Place and the Violence Prevention Shelter. Child care can be arranged if you contact the parish office and request it!
Please sign up to bring a pot of soup and/or help with set-up and clean-up.
Sunday School for All Ages every Week
Children and youth gather in the Chapel at 9:00 am to sing and share good news before moving to classes. Ages 3 – 5th grade use Godly Play, and our teens’ lessons are prepared by Brian Maves.
The Rector’s Forum meets in the Parish Hall at 9:10. This year Father Dale will begin with an introduction to the New Testament, followed by a verse by verse study of the earliest Gospel – the Gospel of Mark. Bring your Bibles!
The Lambeth Bible Study, an experiential and meditative approach to scripture, is a second option for adults. This group meets in the Conference Room at 9:10 each Sunday, and everyone is welcome.