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On Wednesday, February 22, 2023, we begin the season of Lent. On Sunday, April 9, we celebrate Easter. Lent is the season of the church year that follows the Epiphany Season. It is a time we set aside each year to remember the love of God that is poured out through Christ Jesus on the cross in His death; and His defeat of death and sin in Christ’s death and resurrection that brings Eternal Life.  On Ash Wednesday, our foreheads will be marked with ashes to humble our hearts and remind us that life passes away on Earth and reminds us that we are dust and to dust we shall return. While the ashes symbolize penitence and contrition, they’re also reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on him with repented hearts.

Lent calls us to 40 days of self-examination, prayer, repentance. In addition, this penitential season offers a time of renewal, restoration and an opportunity to identify ways we are disconnected from God and to one another.  This season is the time of the church year where the passion and the death of Savior of our savior comes into focus.  

As we approach this somber season, allow yourself to ponder the symbolic and paired down simplicity that can be quite beautiful both in our personal life and in our corporate practice as a church. During Lent and into the Easter season we will gather on Sunday Mornings before church at 9:30AM to reflect and discuss the book Born of Water, Born of Spirit: Supporting the Ministry of the Baptized in Small Congregations; below is a short introduction:

“The first place of Christian belonging for many of us is the baptismal font. Yet the words that are spoken and the symbolic actions that take place as we are born of water, born of spirit, are understood in a variety of ways.   This book focuses on the variety of ways people in small congregations are living out their baptism, and the impact of baptismal living in congregations, and the wider communities they serve.” Sherlyl A.  Kujawa-Holbrook and Fredrica Harris Thompsett, Born of Water, Born of Spirit Born of Water, Supporting the Ministry of the Baptized in Small Congregations  (The Alban Institute,2010), 1.

Please join us on Sunday Mornings at 9:30 in the Parish Hall starting February 26th to reflect and go deeper into our understanding of baptismal living and ministry.  This book will focus on the evolution of our understanding of baptismal living and ministry from the time of the earliest Christians until the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. We will look at ways to support the ministry of the baptized in daily life and in churches and investigate resources for local ministry development.

Books new and used are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  If you need assistance in ordering a book, please contact Mother Suzanne.

Invite Us Deeper

Almighty and ever living God, you invite us deeper into your world, your people, your Lent.
May this time be one of outward focus; seeking you in those we often ignore. Help us live a Lent focused on freedom, generosity, and encounter. Give us hearts hungry to serve you and those who need what we have to give.
– Author Unknown

Peace,

Mother Suzanne+