Lent begins a period of preparation for our hearts and minds to witness and testify to the resurrected Christ. The forty days of Lent run from Ash Wednesday (February 26) through Holy Saturday (April 11) and serve as a time for us to return to the Sacred Presence, to God who has never left us, even though at times we may have left God. Lent is a time to renew classic disciplines of scripture study, prayer, fasting, and alms giving (all done in secret), as a way of returning to our true life. All of this is designed to renew a right spirit within us and to prepare us for a deeper appreciation of Jesus’ passion (what he was most passionate about), his death, and ultimately his resurrection at Easter.
Rector’s Lenten Discussion Group, Lives that Light Our Path. Sunday afternoons at 4:00 PM during Lent (March 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29). Lael will lead conversations on people whose stories have the power to break through in critical, desperate, or unusual times. She has her own list of people whose lives, for her, really tell, and she’ll share those. But you, too, will be invited to tell the stories of lives that speak to you.
Rite of Reconciliation. This rite will be offered on Fridays during Lent, by appointment. The Book of Common Prayer offers two rites for privately confessing sins to God in the presence of a priest and receiving the assurance of pardon and grace of absolution. Such confession may be done at any time, but Lent is a traditional time for reconciliation. Please speak with Lael directly or call the office if you’d like to schedule the rite.
Evening Prayer. A service of Evening Prayer will be held on Fridays during Lent at 5:30 PM in the main sanctuary of the church. This brief, candlelight service of prayer with simple chant and incense is a lovely way to close out the work week.
The Library at St. Peter’s. Our library is located upstairs in the office area next to the rector’s office. There you will find Bibles, scripture commentaries, prayer books, theological classics, devotional books, and more. It is open during office hours (Monday-Friday, 11:00 AM through 2:00 PM) and on Sunday mornings. Books are available to check out and borrow.
Living Well Through Lent 2020. Designed for use as an individual reflection or for group study, this Living Compass resource is a daily devotional that provides a foundation for seeking a deeper experience of Lent, an experience that will help prepare us for the true meaning of Easter. Available in both print and electronic editions. To learn more or to order, visit livingcompass.org/lent.
2020 Lenten Meditations from the Episcopal Relief and Development. This book of meditations was created in collaboration with Grow Christians, a ministry of Forward Movement to support ERD’s One Thousand Days of Love campaign. The meditations focus on the spiritual lives of children and how they can inform the prayers and meditations of all Christians. The devotionals are available from Forward Movement for free, with only a minimal fee charged for shipping and handling. You can order them at this link.
Lent Madness. As solemn as Lent is, it’s also okay to leaven your observance with a bit of fun, and again, Forward Movement has something for you. “Lent Madness” (inspired by “March Madness” and the NCAA basketball tournaments) pits 32 saints against each other in a bracket, as each saint seeks to win the coveted Golden Halo. Throughout Lent, fans vote for their favorite saints at lentmadness.org. You can follow Lent Madness on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date.