Ash Wednesday is February 10, 2016.
Services at Holy Trinity: 12 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Lent: Is this your opportunity?
The season of Lent is a gift intended especially for those who are turning to the way of Christ in some new way:
It may be that your Christian faith has only been a family tradition – until now. If this is the moment for you or your household to become intentional about following the way of Christ, Lent is for you.
It may be that your faith has been a private affair – until now. If you are ready to make common cause with other disciples of Jesus, Lent is for you.
It may be that Christ has always seemed a distant figure to you – until now. If this is the moment for you to deepen your relationship with Christ, Lent is for you.
If you would like to know how to take advantage of this opportunity, please talk to the Rector of Holy Trinity who will help you in mapping your own course through Lent.
And remember that we will all walk the path with you.
Save Wednesday evenings in Lent and Easter for
Becoming the Story We Tell.
Each Wednesday, 6:30-8:00 p.m., gather in the informal setting of the Parish Hall of Holy Trinity for a simple supper and small group discussion for youth and adults. A supervised children’s table provides age-appropriate activities. It all begins on February 17th.
What is Lent?
Lent is an old English word that means spring. As spring is a season of the renewal of the earth, when seeds are planted, trees bud, plants flower, birds nest, the days lengthen—so people seek to renew their lives for a season (forty days plus Sundays) through worship, prayer, self-denial, reading the Scriptures, study of theological, reflection on their lives, service to their neighbors.
There are many possible ways to grow spiritually and renew one’s relationship with God. A place to begin is in a community of faith, where people gather regularly with a similar intention. The local church is a gathering of people who seek to renew their lives spiritually. It’s where one may find companionship and guidance, with people who are both like and different from us, who share our vulnerabilities and contribute their strengths.
The marks of Christian community are faith in Jesus Christ, a commitment to regularly gathering with other seekers, curiosity, and certain qualities: a lively mind, a compassionate heart, an encouraging spirit, authenticity, humility, gentleness, a sense of humor, the courage to act for another’s sake. That’s just a starter list! God helps us in Lent to discern the ways we need to grow and heal, and graces us with the gifts we need when we seek to follow Christ. In Lent stirs in us the desire to become strong and whole people, who may live in peace and to love even people who are hard to love.
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. The worship of the day is simple. It starts with the imposition of ashes, which are smudged in the shape of a cross on the forehead. For a brief time the entire congregation bears this graphic mark of their humble identity as creatures of a good God. All are equal before God—both beautiful and broken. Bearing this visible mark in public is an experience of vulnerability. It sets us free from all pretense and posturing. Seeing the ashen cross on another enables us to more fully recognize and embrace our common humanity and respond with compassion to our neighbors. One may feel free. One may describe the day as grounding and life giving.
Lent leads to Easter. The forty days of Lent bring us into the fulness of the fifty days of Easter—a celebration of the mystery of the Resurrection: God raising Jesus Christ from death, and empowering Christ’s followers to a new life of compassion. All that we do in Lent, all that we give up, all our efforts, even our failures and disappointments, lead us to the joy of Easter.
In Easter we welcome new people into the community of faith: we become living members of the Body of Christ, the Church. In our Easter worship we will have the opportunity to renew the Baptismal Covenant, a set of promises, which shape the Christian life. Though our baptism may have been many years ago as an infant, and though our identity as a Christian may not have meant much to us up to this point, in the celebration of Holy Baptism everyone who is present may make a fresh start.
Easter Sunday is March 27, 2016.
Is it time for Holy Baptism?
Easter Eve, a candlelit service,
is a beautiful and awe-inspiring occasion for celebrating the mystery of the sacrament,
the rite of initiation into the Body of Christ, the Church.
Other days are available throughout the year.
All people of all ages and all religious backgrounds are eligible to receive the sacrament of Holy Baptism at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
Please speak with the Rector of Holy Trinity to set the day and begin your preparation. You may contact Father Greg in the church office, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; and on Sundays after worship: 8 & 10 a.m.