Lent at St. Michael’s

“I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, 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” (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 265).

 Study

Basic Christianity: Rediscover Why Faith Matters

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm in the Gray Lounge,  beginning February 17

C.S. Lewis says:  “Christianity is a statement which, if false is of no importance, and if true of infinite importance.  The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.”  Join the clergy each week as we read and discuss Nicky Gumbel’s Questions of Life to rediscover the value of our faith and to explore the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Books will be available for $11.50. If interested, please speak with one of the clergy.)

Five Sacred Words

Sundays, 8:45am -9:45am in the Gray Lounge

In our church community we meet and use words that are hardly used anyplace else: “sin,” “grace,” “redemption,” “heaven/hell,” “faith.” We think we understand them…but do we really? What do they mean in a biblical context? How are they crucial to what we believe? For five Sundays in Lent we’ll be led by five different members of our congregation to explore these sacred words.

February 14: “Faith” led by Jim Hinch
February 21: “Heaven/Hell” led by Michael Smith
February 28: “Redemption” led by The Rev. Kyle Oliver
March 6: “Sin” led by Thomas Cahill
March 13: “Grace” led by Christopher Ashley

Discernment of Gifts

Sundays in Lent, beginning February 14, following the 10:00 am service, in the Gray Lounge/ Church

Do you seek peace, joy, and deeper meaning in your life? Ever wonder what spiritual gifts you have to offer the world? Join Mother Leigh and members of the discernment committee at St. Michael’s to learn the art of discerning the Holy Spirit in your life; to uncover the gifts you have; and to define areas you would like to develop further.

Practice

Walking the Labyrinth  

available Sunday afternoons in the Recital Hall on the 2nd floor

For thousands of years, many different faiths have used the ancient path of the labyrinth for spiritual centering, contemplation and prayer. To enter the single spiraling path of the labyrinth means embarking on a spiritual journey—an opportunity to walk more slowly, quiet the mind, and focus on a spiritual question or prayer with God.

St. Michael’s Lenten Booklet  

available at the back of the church or in the parish office

Daily prayers, scripture, and reflections by St. Michael’s parishioners, staff and clergy for the forty days of Lent.

Quiet Day on Prayer

Saturday, March 12; 9:00 am-3:00 pm, in the Church ($10.00 suggested donation)

Join the clergy for a day of reflection and renewal as we explore different methods of prayer. Come listen, reflect, and share what God is calling you to offer in your life. Lunch will be provided.

Lenten Healing Eucharist

Sunday, February 28, 6:00 pm

The season of Lent marks an inward journey into our spiritual lives—a time to invite Jesus to join us in our wilderness of pain, loneliness, and loss so that we too may draw closer to God. Come gather in the sanctuary for quiet solace, rest, and reflection that you may walk with Christ and journey deeper towards the peace of God’s healing presence.

Reconciliation of a Penitent

Many people find the Rite of Reconciliation (also known as Confession) to be an especially meaningful practice during Lent.  An old Anglican adage about confession is “none must, all may, some should.”  If you have questions about this practice or would like to make a confession, please speak with one of the clergy.

Giving

Lenten Toiletries Drive

Collection from Sunday, February 14 through Saturday, March 12

The 7th/8th Grade Sunday School class invites you to donate unused toiletries to the men, women and children who are our guests at the Saturday Kitchen and visit our Pilgrim Resource Center. For details about the requested items, please see flyers that are posted around the Church. You can drop off your donations in the green boxes in the back of the Church or at the front desk of the Parish House. Any questions, please contact Marianna Klaiman at mgklaiman@gmail.com or M.A. Yarmy at maryayarmy@gmail.com.

Hope Chests

Available at the back of the church or in the parish office February 7-March 20

Join the Sunday School in saving to donate to the work of Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD), the worldwide relief agency of the Episcopal Church. On Easter at the 10:00 am service, students will collect the chests and bring them to the altar for a blessing. ERD works with Church partners and other local organizations to save lives and transform communities in close to 40 countries worldwide. They rebuild after disasters and empower people to create lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease. See www.episcopalrelief.org to learn more.

And more . . .

Young Adult Sushi Fridays in Lent

February 12, 6:30pm – 8:30pm in St. Michael’s Gray Lounge, followed by an informal Eucharist in the Chapel
February 19, Church of the Incarnation (Madison Ave. at E. 35th St.)
March 4, Trinity Wall Street (Broadway at Wall St.)
March 18, Grace Church (Broadway at 10th St.)

The Episcopal Diocese of New York’s Young Adult Network invites young adults from around the diocese for food, fellowship and more at churches throughout Manhattan. Contact Mary Cat Young at ednyyanetwork@gmail.com for more information.

Lent Madness 2016: The Saintly Smack Down!

The world’s most popular online Lenten devotion is back for the seventh year of cut-throat competition, learning, and humor. Based loosely on the NCAA basketball tournament, this unique competition pits thirty-two saints against one another in a single-elimination bracket as voters choose their favorites throughout the season of Lent. The winner takes home the coveted Golden Halo. Lent Madness is really about being inspired by the ways in which God has worked through the lives of saintly souls across the generations. This all kicks off on “Ash Thursday,” February 11. To participate, visit the Lent Madness website, at www.lentmadness.org.

QiGong: Life Energy Cultivation

Sundays in Lent, beginning February 14, 7:45-8:45 pm, in the Recital Hall on the 2nd floor

Jesus said “The Kingdom of God is within you [and all around you].” The same can be said for Qi (pronounced Chee) – the Chinese word for “Life Energy.” With its roots in ancient Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, Qigong is a practice of aligning body, breath, and mind for health, meditation, and Tai Chi (the oldest form of Chinese martial arts). The practice involves moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and calm meditative state of mind. Choirmaster/organist John Cantrell has been studying QiGong, NeiKung, and Tai Chi at the world-famous CK Chu Tai Chi Chuan Center in Times Square, and is now student teaching as part of the requirements to earn his certification in QiGong. All ages are welcome! For more information, please email John Cantrell at jcantrell@saintmichaelschurch.org.