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The Season of Lent

Dear Friends,

The Ash Wednesday liturgy includes an invitation 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.’ To that end, this Lenten season we are offering a number of opportunities to enrich the Lenten journey.

Shrove Tuesday is March 8th, – AKA Fat Tuesday. Mary Jane Burgess. Alicia Bowman and friends will be cooking up stacks of pancakes as we celebrate the end of the Epiphany season at a Mardi Gras style celebration with music and fun.

Ash Wednesday is March 9th, Come at 9:30 a.m. or 7:30 p.m. for the imposition of ashes and simple Eucharist. On this first day of Lent, we invite you to a season of introspection and prayer.

Wednesday Book Group — Join us at 7:30 p.m. in the chapter room on Wednesday March, 23rd and 30th and April 6th as we read and discuss Morgan Cron’s,Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale. Chase’s book is written in a genre called wisdom literature, which is a very delicate balance between fiction and nonfiction, pilgrimage and teaching. He winds together an engaging story of a mega church pastor who loses his faith and takes a pilgrimage to recover with the great knowledge revealed through St. Francis of Assisi. Copies of the book are available in the church office.

Lenten Meditation Booklets written by members of the Charles River Deanery are available for daily reflection. Short reflections paired with daily scripture make this booklet a flexible way to mark the Lenten season.

Sundays in Lent Sundays in Lent will offer worship that is reflective of the season. Our Psalms will be in Plainsong, we have put away the ‘Alleluias’ and the worship will feel a bit more subdued.

The first Sunday in Lent, March 13th, I’ll preach about the Lenten journey.

On March 20th, Rabbi Ron Weiss will join us as guest preacher at the 10:00 a.m. service.

On March 27th, the choir will lead our worship with a special music offering, a mass setting by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart’s Missa brevis in D was composed when he was a teenager and is one of his most well-known liturgical composition.

Following coffee hour each week I’ll be offering adult forums titled Praying Through Lent. We will cover the origins of prayer in the Christian tradition, our Prayer Book, praying together, individual prayers, and praying with our bodies. We’ll meet at 11:15 a.m. in the chapter room and wrap up by noon.


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