To make a right beginning of repentance, we are invited in the Ash Wednesday liturgy to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. This year we have four offerings for your Lent.
Ash Wednesday Services
Noon: Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes.
6:00 p.m.: Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes.
Sundays in Lent
Adult Faith Forum
10:15-11:00 (Parish Hall)
We’ll be taking a break from our usual routine as we venture into Lent. Here is our schedule for Sundays (10:15-11:00) in Lent.
• March 1: Deacon Wendy Merrill. We’ll hear from our newest staff member, Deacon Wendy Merrill, learning about her vocation and how she discerns her calling as a Deacon at St. John’s.
• March 8: Ken Loeber. We’ll focus our Lenten attention on doing for others and loving our neighbor as we hear from Ken Loeber about the amazing work of Camp Bob at Kanuga.
• March 15: Maundy Thursday. In anticipation of Holy Week, we’ll begin to specifically explore the theologies and choreographies of the three main liturgies of Holy Week, beginning with Maundy Thursday.
• March 22: Good Friday
• March 29: Easter Vigil
Come and learn and be prepared to enjoy Easter like never before.
Discovering the Daily Office
Have you ever wondered what the Daily Office is? Have you ever wondered what those other pages in the Book of Common Prayer offer? Have you been meaning to learn a little more about the Episcopal Church, but haven’t quite gotten around to it? Then we have the class for you! In Discovering the Daily Office we will explore the reason and history behind this daily discipline, learn the rhythms and rubrics of the Office, and experience the different forms that the Daily Office offers. And you have to admit, taking on a new class as a Lenten discipline is far more preferable than giving up chocolate! So please, come join us in faith and prayer and learning for six weeks. Discovering the Daily Office will be offered three different times each week by Matt Williams; come to the time that best fits your schedule: Tuesdays at 8:00am in the Chapel (starting March 3rd), or Wednesdays at 6:15pm in the Chapel (starting March 4th), or Thursdays at 9:30am in the Children’s Chapel (starting March 5th).
Lenten Book Study
In anticipation of a major speaker event on April 25 (announcements forthcoming), when nationally renown author Debby Irving will be coming to St. John’s to speak about her book, “Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race,” Brad will be offering a book study beginning Wednesdays, March 4 - April 22, 6:30-8:00pm in Rm 201, see topic schedule below. The book can be purchased online at Amazon, Click Here to purchase. This will be a rich occasion to continue our exploration into race and the larger Episcopal Church’s endeavor to become a Beloved Community and reflecting on racial reconciliation. If you would like to participate, please contact Brad Smith in the church office.
All meetings are Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00pm.
Schedule of Date/Location/Topic
March 4 (Room 201): Childhood in White, Mid-life Wake-Up Calls
March 11 (Room 201): Why Didn't I Wake Up Sooner?
March 18 (Room 201): Rethinking Key Concepts; Twenty-Rive Years of Tossing and Turning
March 25 (Room 201): Leaving My Comfort Zone
April 1 (Room 201): Inner Work
April 8 (Room 204/205): Outer Work
April 15 --- BREAK
April 22 (Room 201): Reclaiming My Humanity & Wrap Up
If you’re looking for a contemplative approach to your Lent, our indoor labyrinth may be just for you. It will be out and available for following dates, times, and locations at St. John’s:
2/26 (Ash Wednesday) — 9:00am-6:00pm (Tilson)
2/27 9:00am-4:00pm (Parish Hall)
3/5 9:00am-4:00pm (Parish Hall)
3/12 9:00am-4:00pm (Parish Hall)
3/19 9:00am-4:00pm (Parish Hall)
3/26 9:00am-4:00pm (Parish Hall)
4/2 9:00am-8:00pm (Parish Hall)
4/9 9:00am-7:30pm (Parish Hall)