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"Lent is the Autumn of the spiritual life during which we gather fruit to keep us going for the rest of the year."  St. Francis de Sales 

The season of Lent is a time of penitence and fasting as we prepare our hearts and minds for Easter. Historically, Christian converts prepared for Holy Baptism during Lent. We begin this season on Ash Wednesday (February 17) with an invitation to observe a holy Lent.

Many will choose something to forgo during this season, a fasting of sorts. This discipline can help heighten our awareness of our blessings and accentuate the sacrifice of Christ.  Ascension has many ways to engage throughout this season. Please join us in the offerings included below, as well as in acts of service to others.

I pray we mark this holy season by our devotion and discipline and encourage all to explore a new spiritual practice that the season may deepen our faith and connection to God and one another.

Blessings on your journey.  Fr. Paul Klitzke

LENT | A CONTEMPLATIVE JOURNEY

Kits available for pick up 

Lent: A Contemplative Journey is a collection of seven hands-on contemplative tools that encourage thoughtfulness, wonder, and a deeper connection to prayer and one another during the journey of Lent. Inspired by Building Faith's Lent in a Bag, these practices will connect our parishioners to one another and to Christians across the world. Each household will be able to pick up these prayer resources on Thursday's from 1:00 - 3:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:30 - 11:30 am. 

 

These seven simple items (a stone, a candle, a wheat stalk, a shell, a lump of clay, sand, and a cross) are accompanied by prayers and reflections that will help your household to look inward as we see and feel outward reminders of God’s love for us. Lent: A Contemplative Journey has been designed with parishioners of all ages in mind. Join us as we contemplate and pray together.

EVENING PRAYER
Saturdays @ 6:00 pm starting February 20 - March 27 | Zoom

Evening Prayer is one of two main Daily Offices in the Episcopal Church.  It comes straight out of the Book of Common Prayer and during the season of Lent Mtr. Teresa will lead Evening Prayer on Saturdays.  All are invited to participate but registration is required to receive Zoom link.  Click HERE to receive Zoom link. 

If your schedule allows, stick around after Evening Prayer for Mtr. Teresa's Renewing our Faith Book Study using Barbara Taylor Brown's An Altar in the World.  (details below)

ADULT FORMATION | RENEWING OUR FAITH WITH MTR. TERESA

Saturdays @ 6:30 p.m. OR Sundays @ 9:00 am. | Starting February 20 & 21 - March 27 OR 28 | Zoom

"Whoever you are, you are human.  Wherever you are, you live in the world, which is just waiting for you to notice the holiness in it. ... The good news is that you have everything you need to begin."  ~ from the Introduction 

 

This book is full of stories and practices that look at the ways we inhabit our bodies, our communities, and our world. This offering will include a community aspect of fellowship and sharing.  It will also include and encourage each of us to take the time and space to journey, in very personal ways, with our Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer.  With God's help, we will renew our faith from the inside out. Register HERE to receive Zoom link. 

Praying for a blessed Lent, Mtr. Teresa+. 

ADULT FORMATION | LIVING INTO COMMUNITY
Wednesdays | February 24 - March 17 | 12:00 pm | Zoom 

All are invited to join us for a life-giving discussion of Christine Pohl's book, Living into Community. 
 

"Every church, every organization, has experienced them: betrayal, deception, grumbling, envy, exclusion. They make life together difficult and prevent congregations from developing the skills, virtues, and practices they need to nurture sturdy, life-giving communities.

In Living into Community Christine Pohl explores four specific Christian practices -- gratitude, promise-keeping, truth-telling, and hospitality -- that can counteract those destructive forces and help churches and individuals build and sustain vibrant communities. Drawing on a wealth of personal and professional experience and interacting with the biblical, historical, and moral traditions, Pohl thoughtfully discusses each practice, including its possible complications and deformations, and points to how these essential practices can be better cultivated within communities and families." Excerpt from the book description.  Interested in participating? Email Fr. Paul. 

EMPOWERING BELOVED COMMUNITY

Truth & Reconciliation Speaker Series

Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm starting on February 24 - March 17 | Zoom 

How can we build bridges for healing and advocate in love in an evolving nation of disruption and division? Our Empowering Beloved Community speaker series will explore some of the barriers to unity in our country and thoughtfully make space to hear, know, support, and care for all of God's people. All are invited to join our inspiring speakers from around the country for a time of learning and discerning.  Our lineup and topics include: 

February 24 | God's Good News Embodied Rather than Abstract | Jason Evans | Podcaster and Missioner for the Diocese of Texas; March 3 | Race is Nothing. Race is Everything

Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler | Director, Center for Social Justice and Reconciliation | Union Seminary;
March 10 | The Changing Faces of Hate | Cheryl Drazin | Vice President, Anti-Defamation League Central Division; and March 17 | How to be an Upstander | Dr. Charlotte Decoster | Historian, The Dallas Holocaust, and Human Rights Museum.   Learn more about our speakers, their presentations and register HERE.  

COMPLINE

Wednesdays @ 8:15 pm | February 24 - March 17 | Zoom
Following Truth & Reconciliation Speaker Series and Service of Confess & Lament

Join us on Wednesday nights at 8:15 pm for Compline, a beautiful prayer service said in the evening. All are welcome to join us via zoom! Light a candle at your house and let's bring our lights together!  Click HERE to receive Zoom link. 

The word "Compline" is from the same root as the word "complete." As the last service of the day, it is the completion of our worship of God until the next morning, when we pray, "O Lord, open thou our lips." In monastic communities, Compline is the beginning of silence lasting until the morning.

SERVICE OF AWAKENING AND LAMENT
Wednesday, March 24 | 7:00 pm | YouTube Live

Lament is an underused practice. To lament, as the psalmist demonstrates, is to cry out to God, acknowledging the trouble that besets us on all sides. It is to acknowledge the pain, the heartbreak, the anger, the confusion, and the frustration that we feel – those feelings and reasons that we can explain and those we cannot. It is often a cathartic experience, expressing aloud those things that God already knows are living in our hearts. 

Indeed, it is good and holy to lament. And moreover, there is Good News in the action when we express it and move through it toward hope and love."  (from National Episcopal Church website). 

This healing service will include a series of prayers, readings, and music for directed reflection.  Participants will also be encouraged to engage by lighting candles and writing about what they notice in themselves as they experience these spiritual practices.  Click HERE to participate.