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Lent 2023

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.

Ash Wednesday Services

Wednesday, February 22

Noon:  Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

6:00 pm:  Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

7:00 pm:  Soup supper in the parish hall




“What's So Amazing About Grace?”

Philip Yancey

with Fr. Peter & Fr. Brad


Sundays, 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Author, Philip Yancey and Fr. Peter and Fr. Brad

Sundays: Feb. 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2.

Growing up in a strict, fundamentalist church in the southern USA, a young Philip Yancey tended to view God as “a scowling Supercop, searching for anyone who might be having a good time—in order to squash them.” Yancey jokes today about being “in recovery” from a toxic church. Ever since, Yancey has explored the most basic questions of the Christian faith. He's authored best-sellers such as, Disappointment with God and Where is God When it Hurts? while also editing The Student Bible. More recently, he has explored central issues of the Christian faith, penning award-winning titles such as The Jesus I Never Knew, What’s So Amazing About Grace? and Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference" His books have garnered 13 Gold Medallion Awards from Christian publishers and booksellers. He currently has more than 17 million books in print, published in over 50 languages worldwide.


A Daily Zoom Gathering

Weekdays in Lent (beginning February 23)




Using Richard Rohr's Wonderful Encounters: Scriptures for Lent & Noonday Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer, we’ll gather with Fr. Brad via Zoom Mondays-Fridays at 12:00-12:45 as a brief time to be together and intentionally gather for reflection on the day’s meditation.


You will need a copy of Wonderful Encounters

• available from Amazon

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Stop in the nave and gaze upon the Lenten icon, The Temptation of Jesus on the Mountain by Duccio Di Buoninsegna (1255-1319).  It will be present throughout Lent as a reminder of what Jesus faced . . . what we face in the temptations.  Just like Jesus, we strive in Lent to reject finding our identity in security needs (the bread temptation); in affection needs (the jumping off the Temple temptation); and control needs (power over all the nations).  And so for a simple but effective discipline this Lent, just stop in your day and breathe; breathe deeply; breathe in YHWH deeply . . . and know who you really are.

Lenten Prayer Resource

2. Living Well Through Lent 2023 — Published by A Living Compass, St. John’s is making available a limited number of copies of this book. Beginning, Sunday Feb. 19, they will be located in the back of the nave. They are free, but donations are certainly welcomed.

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Lenten Prayer Resource


Who is My Neighbor? with Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) — This Lenten Season, Episcopal Relief & Development invites you to join online with The Rev. Robin Denny to meditate on the commandment to love our neighbor and consider the meaning of this fundamental instruction in our daily lives. The Rev. Ms. Denney, a parish priest and former missionary focused on agricultural development in Liberia and South Sudan, wrote this year’s meditations. Her reflections are poignant and personal and challenge the reader to consider the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Join us on your Lenten journey. You can sign up to receive a meditation in your inbox each day, read the meditations online or download all the meditations to read and share.


Wednesdays, Feb. 22, March 8, 22, April 5

in Tilson Hall



To assist you in your contemplative time during Lent, the labyrinth is being offered as a prayer resource you can add to your reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.


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Baptismal Covenant Cards


As a tangible reminder of what it means to be a Christian, The Way Forward Fellowship offers a card and a bookmark of the Baptismal Covenant one can easily memorize and carry with them in the heart.  It is an important reminder that knowing the Covenant is exceeded only by living out of the Covenant; a message we can all use in Lent. They are free. Take and share as many as you like.

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