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” (BCP, p. 265).

This year, we at St. Michael’s have many opportunities to respond to this invitation from the Ash Wednesday liturgy to keep a holy Lent, to deepen our relationships with God and our neighbors, and to share as a community in the journey with Jesus through his passion to the new life of Easter. Please take note of our Lenten schedule, and plan to participate in a way that calls to you.

 

Adult Forums on Sundays: “Come and Eat”

            A Series focusing on Food and Food Justice in the Christian Tradition

                following the 10:00 am service, in the Gray Lounge

               March 9   — In the Beginning Was the Meal – earliest Christian meal practices

                March 16 — Eating and Fasting as Spiritual Practice

                March 23 — Food (In)Justice, Part 1 – Hunger in the U.S.

                March 30 — Food (In)Justice, Part 2 – Farming and Sustainability

                April  6     — Spiritual food – what feeds us spiritually

 

Forgiveness: A Lenten Study Group

            A Series focusing on Forgiveness on the Christian Journey

                Tuesdays 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, in the Reception Room

 

Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying: A Lenten Quiet Day

Explore prayer practices, such as contemplative prayer, body prayer, and walking the labyrinth.

                Saturday, March 22 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, in the Church.

 

Labyrinth at St. Michael’s

Focus your mind and heart through the gentle action of walking the labyrinth.

The labyrinth is available for walking in the Recital Hall on Sundays and at the time of our other Lenten programs: Tuesday evenings, and Wednesday afternoon and evening, and during the Lenten Quiet Day on March 23. 

 

Lent Madness!

Based loosely on the NCAA basketball tournament, Lent Madness pits 32 saints against one another in a single-elimination bracket. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the people of faith who went before us in a fun, easy-to-digest format.

For more information, go to http://www.lentmadness.org/.

 

St. Michael’s Lenten Booklet  

(available at the back of the church or at the Reception Desk)

Read daily prayers, scripture, and reflections by St. Michael’s parishioners, staff and clergy

for the 40 days of Lent.

 

Faith-Full Families: Journey Through Lent

Families with children gather for food, songs and activities as we observe Lent together.

Fridays, March 7 and April 4 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, in the Gray Lounge.

 

Hope Chests  

(also available at the back of the church or at the Reception Desk)

Join the Sunday School in saving to donate to the work of Episcopal Relief and Development.

 

Carbon Fast 2014

Each day of Lent take small steps for a more sustainable world, and by doing so rediscover a different relationship with God, with Creation and with one another.  For more info see: http://carbonfast2014.wordpress.com/ or pick up the Carbon Fast Guide at the Reception Desk.

 

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 would like to make a confession, please speak with one of the clergy.

 

Wednesday Evenings in Lent

Lent is the perfect time to make a commitment to participate more deeply in the regular spiritual offerings of our parish. Please join us on Wednesday evenings for one or more opportunities for fellowship, prayer and spiritual formation.

 

Centering Prayer

From 6:30-7:00 pm a few people gather in the chapel to sit silently in God’s loving presence.  Centering prayer offers a practical way of letting go of all the thoughts that keep us from knowing God, who is beyond words.

 

Bible Study

From 7:00 to 8:20 pm we gather to read, discuss, and pray about a scripture passage for the upcoming Sunday.  This is a good way to deepen your Sunday experience as well.

 

Compline 

At 8:30 pm we close our evening with Compline, the ancient monastic service of prayers for the end of the day, sung by our professional octet in the stillness of the church.

 

and, on April 2

First Wednesday Pasta Dinner

From 5:45-7:30 pm, we gather in the Reception Room for a chance to enjoy a simple community meal and catch up with other parishioners. $5.00 for spaghetti (sausage on the side) and salad;

$1.00 for dessert; $4.00 for wine or beer.

RSVP to Dick Healy so that he will know how much food to prepare: 212.678.4750 or dickhealy@gmail.com.   (If you require gluten-free pasta, please let Dick know.)

 

Trinity Place Shelter Meal

Also, beginning with the April Pasta Dinner, our monthly meal for the residents of Trinity Place Shelter will move to the first Wednesday of the month. Please consider how you can help with this important act of caring for LGBTQ young people who have aged out of the city’s shelter system—and who are not safe there in the first place. To learn more or help out, please contact Ned Boyajian (nboyajian@earthlink.net) or Chris Ashley (chris.ashley@gmail.com).