Lent at St. Paul’s

“Remember that you are dust…”

All are welcome to begin your observance of Lent with an

Ash Wednesday Eucharist

March 6th at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring the choir, homily, and the Imposition of Ashes

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For those who wish to receive their ashes in the morning, they will be available at a special service of Morning Prayer in the Chapel, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and lasting roughly half an hour.

 

Lenten Meditation Booklets from Episcopal Relief and Development

Copies of a Lenten Meditation Booklet from Episcopal Relief and Development are available in the Narthex for you to pick up.  For each day, there is a verse of scripture and a short, one-page meditation to spark our spiritual imagination.  The meditations are written by various lay and ordained leaders in the church, and reflect a cross section of voices from The Episcopal Church.  We hope they help to deepen your prayer life this Lent!

 

“Shhhh . . . it’s a secret!”  
Parish Prayer Partners for Lent!

The Inreach Committee is offering a fun new way for us to be even more deeply and prayerfully connected to each other as a parish this Lent: “Secret Prayer Partners” (think: Secret Santa, but with prayers, not presents).   Anyone in the parish who wants to can sign up to participate!  You will be given the name of another parishioner to pray for each day of Lent, and someone else in the parish will be given your name to pray for.  We will provide some brief prayers and prompts for you to use if you like, or you may pray in your own way for your person.  On Easter Sunday, you’ll find out who your “secret prayer partner” was!  To sign up, please email Lisa Hafer or Rev. Chris.  Sign up today; assignments will be made on Ash Wednesday, March 6.

 

Lenten Soup + Study:  “How and Why we Worship”
Tuesdays in Lent: March 12, 19, 26, April 2 and 9 from 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Once again this year, we will offer a 5-week Lenten Soup + Study program on Tuesday evenings.  Our topic this year will be “How and Why we Worship,” exploring in depth how Episcopal worship is structured, the breadth (and limitations) on our worship variation, and what the intended effect of our particular way of gathering to praise God and pray together is.  If you are newer to The Episcopal Church, this is definitely for you, and those of us who have been worshiping in the Episcopal Church for some time will hopefully find that this deepens your worship experience.  You can come to one session or all five.  A simple supper of soup, bread and cheese will be offered!

  • March 12  – A Good First Impression: Opening prayers, music, and collects
  • March 19 – “The Nicene Creed: a Confession of the Heart or Committee Report?”
  • March 26 – Are our Prayers really “of the people”?
  • April 2 – Eucharistic Prayers: taken, blessed, broken, shared”
  • April 9 – It Ain’t Over ‘til it’s over: “Post-communion prayers and Season Blessings”

 

Who will win the Golden Halo? LENT MADNESS Has Begun!

Each year in Lent, The Episcopal Church holds our own version of “March Madness” featuring many of the various Saints that we commemorate in our calendar. This year, 32 saints have been placed into a bracket, to face off in daily “head to head” competition – conducted online by popular vote! Every member of the parish is invited to learn more about this years’ 32 Saints and to complete your own bracket, by picking up a booklet in the Narthex. Completed brackets must be posted in the Parish Hall by Ash Wednesday, March 6. Whichever bracket earns the most points through the tournament will be crowned the St. Paul’s winner and receive a prize on Easter Sunday. You can vote for your favorite Saint each day in Lent by visiting LENTMADNESS.ORG.