Ash Wednesday – February 14, there will be three services of Holy Eucharist with imposition of ashes: 7:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 5:30 PM. The noontime and evening services will be spoken services.
Tuesday Lunch Conversation with Lael – On Tuesdays in Lent (February 13, 20, 27, March 5, 12, and 19) at 11:30 AM, all are invited to bring a bag lunch and join me for a shared meal with conversation about the upcoming Sunday Scripture readings. We will meet in the Vestry Room, located opposite the parish office. I will be using as a jumping off point Pádraig Ó Tuama’s brief reflections and prayers from What Were You Arguing About along the Way? You are welcome to purchase it from your favorite bookseller (it involves other writers offering commentary for other liturgical years), but I will also make the pertinent pages available for the group.
Rite of Reconciliation is offered on Fridays in Lent on request. The reconciliation of a penitent is a sacrament in the Episcopal Church and refers to private confession. The Episcopal Church’s stance on such confession is usually talked about as something that “all may, none must, some should” engage in. Here’s why I think it’s valuable, why most clergy make their confessions, and why you might want to consider it, too. Naming our faults and failings out loud in front of God and someone else is a way of stepping into a new honesty with ourselves and with God. That naming becomes a way to combat our sins and helps us more readily break past habits or default practices that have separated us from ourselves. Guilt from the sins we commit can make us feel all mixed up inside and can cause us to lose our peace and joy. Preparing for this rite, knowing that all we say will be held in strictest confidence, opening our hearts and hearing a priest’s encouragement and pronunciation of God’s forgiving words lifts a burden from our shoulders. Afterwards, we can again feel the peace of heart and soul that comes from being in a closer relationship with God. For more information or to schedule the rite, contact Lael.