Observing Lent at St. Paul’s

March 5, 2014

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The Season of Lent is a time to reflect on your relationship with God and other people.  Acts such as worship, prayer, fasting, study, and devotion are just a few spiritual practices that guide us through our Lenten journey.  Sunday morning worship is a great place to start (we worship at 9:30am); we’d love to have you join us!  Here are some other great opportunities to discern God’s presence in your life:

  • Lenten Bible Study:  As part of our Lenten spiritual disciplines, we will offer a weekly Bible study.  Please join us each Tuesday at 10:00am in the Library.  The study will begin on Tuesday, March 11th.  For those who cannot attend the weekday study, the study will be repeated each Sunday at 6:00pm in the Library.  The first Sunday session will occur on March 16th.
  • Prayer Jar:  A major theme of this year’s Lenten journey is prayer.  You are invited each Sunday during Lent to put a prayer request in the Community Prayer Jar that is on the table in the back of the Sanctuary.  Prayers of praise, confession, thanksgiving, and petition are different types of prayer that make up our community prayer life.  Each petition may be done anonymously.  Pastor Matt will be praying over the requests each week in his personal devotion time and we will offer them all up collectively on Maundy Thursday.
  • Holy Week Services:

Holy Week (April 13-19) is a sacred time in the life of the church.  During the week we will come together for special worship opportunities.  I hope that you will join us during this holy time for worship, prayer, repentance, and praise of our risen Lord.

Maundy Thursday:  April 17th, the service will begin at 7:00pm. We will commemorate the Lord’s Supper and celebrate with the children who will partake of their first Holy Communion.

Good Friday:  April 18th, will be the traditional Tenebrae Service (Service of Darkness).  The Adult Sunday School Class will lead us in worship. Service begins at 7:00pm.

Easter Vigil: April 19th at 7:00pm.  We will observe highlights of the ancient Christian Easter Vigil service as they recall the saving work of God throughout human history.  The original service lasted hours; ours will last 60 minutes.  The Easter Vigil will mark the conclusion of the 24-hour prayer vigil.

The Easter Sunrise Service:  Sunday, April 20th, will be held in the Union Cemetery with a procession leaving the church at 6:30am. (weather permitting).  We will meet in the Edgewood Avenue Narthex.  The service will be followed by a breakfast served in the fellowship hall.  The service will be led by our Youth and Confirmation Class.

Easter Worship:  Begins at 9:30a.m. and will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

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