Lent begins a period of preparation of our hearts and minds to witness and testify to the resurrected Christ. It is analogous to Advent, the season of preparation for Christ coming into the world.
"You bid your faithful people cleanse their hearts, and prepare with joy for the Paschal feast; that, fervent in prayer and in works of mercy, and renewed by your Word and Sacraments, they may come to the fullness of grace which you have prepared for those who love you."
- Preface for Lent, Book of Common Prayer p. 379
Lent is a period of forty days which extend from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, omitting Sundays. All Christians are invited "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, p. 265 - Ash Wednesday liturgy). Palm Sunday begins the final week leading to Easter Sunday, referred to as Holy Week. The last three days of Holy Week are called the sacred Triduum: including Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Learn more here.
Below are our offerings of programs and events to help you observe a holy Lent.
Lent week 1| Speaker: The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel
Blessed Absalom, pray for us| Speaker: The Rev. Barbara Ballenger
The Rev. Barbara Ballenger preaches on texts for the Feast of Absalom Jones, on this Sunday following his feast day of February 13. Absalom Jones was the first Black priest ordained in the Episcopal Church, but in our remembering of him, we should not dis-member him. Listen in to Rev. Ballenger's sermon to understand more.
Fast to Loosen the Bonds of Injustice!| Speaker: The Rev. Anne Thatcher
Being the Church in the World| Speaker: The Rev. Carol Duncan
Sermon by The Rev. Carol Duncan on the First Sunday of Advent.
Text in image: "Today is the first Sunday of Advent it is a new beginning, a day to rededicate ourselves to fulfilling the utmost goal of our lives, living into our eternal lives until we are fully immersed in the holy. ...We must stay awake and aware that as we live our ordinary lives, we are living in God's realm, at this present moment. In ordinary life we're living in the not yet, until we enter the greater life."
Growing Into Beloved Community| Speaker: The Rev. Carol Duncan
What examples do our readings this morning hold for us on what it means to become a beloved community? How does a beloved community act? What should we watch for? And how does our Becoming Beloved Community plan address these lessons? Rev. Carol Duncan guides us through these questions and reminds us that, "Whoever is not against us is for us."
Sermon based on the lectionary readings from the 19th Sunday after Pentecost, with the Gospel text from Mark 9:38-50.