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Ideas for Lenten Practices
Lent is a season of forty days, not including Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. The season is a time of preparation for celebrating Easter. Historically, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts and then became a time for penance. Many Christians use Lent as a time for taking on a spiritual practice. Some of these practices involve “taking on” a spiritual discipline such as: daily devotional reading, journaling, service, prayer, Bible Study, and exercise. Other practices involve deprivation such as giving up chocolate or television. Fasting is a way of recognizing dependence on God. Fasting could include limiting food intake for a period, but it could include intentionally limiting access to technology or alcohol.
Continue scrolling to see all opportunities to connect@God’s Acre this Lent!
|with us in worship|
|Sundays at 8:00am in the Chapel or 10:00am in the Meeting House
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1. Join us for an Ash Wednesday service at 8:00pm in the Meeting House.
Beginning March 8, there will be Lenten Prayer Services each Wednesday in Lent at 9:00am and 8:00pm in the Chapel. These services are Deacon-lead and include include music, prayers, communion, and time for contemplation.
|with Lifelong Learning and Adult Education opportunities|
|read@God’s Acre this Lent!
A Season for the Spirit: Readings for the Days of Lent by Martin L. SmithJoin us in a church-wide book study involving daily devotionals throughout Lent. Pick up your copy at Elm Street Books. For more information contact Rev. Eric Dupee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the daily devotionals, and let them guide you in prayer and meditation. If you want to dive deeper into what this book has to offer, come to discuss the material on Sunday mornings at 9:00am in the Parlor.
March 5, 12, 19, 26, and April 2 and 9.Lenten Prayer and Meditation
Wednesdays beginning March 8, from 7:30-8:00pm
Do you like to take on a spiritual discipline during Lent? Are you curious about meditation? Are you open to learning a few simple yet rewarding forms of prayer?
Join us on Wednesday evenings during Lent. We will “pray the scriptures” using an ancient prayer form called Lectio Divina or “Holy Reading.” We will also explore some simple forms of meditation. There will be some instruction, but most of the time will be spent in prayer. Join us at 7:30pm in the Parlor and you will be out in time to attend the deacon-led Lenten Prayer Service at 8:00pm in the Chapel.
March 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5 and 12
|with Church School and Children and Family ministries|
|Church School is on Sundays at 10:00am. Children in Grades K-7 begin in worship with their parents, younger children begin in their classrooms.|
|with our Missions and Outreach Ministries|
|Contact Marianna Kilbride about any of these opportunities to serve
|with any of our youth or adult choirs|
|Requiem by Malcolm Archer
Sunday, April 2 at 10:00am
A 15-minute prelude will precede the service
The Chancel Choir will present Archer’s Requiem during the 10:00am service on Sunday, April 2. There will be a 15-minute prelude before the service to include more movements of the work.This is a beautiful work and rather new in choral repertoire, composed in 1993.Tune in…to Music
Wednesday, March 29 at 11:15
Hear Dr. Jody Blaine Davis, our Director of Music Ministries, present “Tune In…to Music,” an informal and informative talk, about Malcom Archer’s famous work, Requiem. Selections from the Requiem will be presented Sunday morning, April 2 by the Chancel Choir.
|with our Pastoral Care Ministries|
|with our Youth Ministries|
|Join us for Youth Sunday, March 12, at 10:00am!
The YG Mission Fish will lead our 10:00am worship service on Sunday, March 12. Worship Team will lead the music, Senior Leaders will share their testimonies and a lot of YG love will be shared! Please join us for worship and stay for our Mission Sponsor Brunch celebration in Smith Hall at 11:00am.
|with our Fellowship Ministries|
|Sign up here to host Fellowship Hour on a Sunday|