In the Ash Wednesday Gospel lesson, Jesus invites us into a deeper practice of prayer. Throughout the forty days of Lent, many resolve to expand their prayer life, but lose focus over time. Lent may be a time of prayer, but is also a time for learning. Thus, our commitment to prayer can be stronger, if we first take the time to learn a few spiritual practices.
This year our midweek Lenten journey will celebrate and experience five types of prayer, which can be practiced individually and communally:
Our classroom will rotate between Stull Hall and the Sanctuary. Our three pastors will be our teachers. Each week will provide a time of learning and a time of practice. The evening begins with a simple supper in Stull Hall, 4:45-5:30 p.m. Worship and teaching follow, 5:45-6:45 p.m.
"This year we invite you to join us in “Living Well Through Lent”. Exploring how to live well in Christ examines all the areas of our lives: our relationships and emotions, our spiritual and physical lives, and our abilities to build healthy habits and practices, to deal positively with the adversities of life, and to make good use of our resources and the gifts God has given us."
Wednesday, February 14, 12:15 PM & 6 PM
The beginning of Lent gives us the occasion to admit that we will die and that we are sinners. On Ash Wednesday we are marked with ashes—a sign of our death and of our sorrow for sin—but the ashes trace a cross on our forehead, where the baptismal water first marked us with God’s grace.
Wednesdays, February 21-March 20, 6-7 PM
This Lent, our worship and teaching theme will be “Practicing Forgiveness with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind.” We will learn a spiritual practice to help us deepen our connection to what we are reading and learning. Join us for a light meal beforehand at 4:45 PM. Freewill offering accepted. Sign up at the Sign-up Station for the meal.
Sunday, March 24, 10 AM
Join us as we focus on the triumphant arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem, remembering how that joyous atmosphere quickly changed to one filled with animosity resulting in Jesus’ death.
Wednesday, March 27, 7 AM to 7 PM
You are invited to participate in a prayer vigil during Holy Week. Listen for the nudging of the Holy Spirit and God's presence in your life. We will open the chapel (Room #227) for twelve hours to pray without ceasing for the church, the world and all God's creation. While we will invite people to sign up for times in 30 minute increments, you are welcome at any time to pray on your own, here at Grace or wherever you find yourself that day.
Thursday, March 28, 12:15 & 6 PM
Join us as we remember the last meal Jesus shared with his disciples prior to his arrest and crucifixion. We will practice foot washing and celebrate Holy Communion.
Thursday, March 28, 12:15 & 6 PM
Join us as our services follow the format of the ancient “Tenebrae” service. It is a “Service of Shadows' 'as Bible passages prophesying the Messiah and ones about the crucifixion of Jesus are read. After each passage, candles and lights are sequentially extinguished leaving worshipers in darkness - reminiscent of Jesus’ body being laid in the tomb. A hymn or vocal offering by the choir will accompany each reading.
Sunday, March 31, 10 AM
Join us as we celebrate our Savior’s resurrection, including Holy Communion. We look forward to having the Premier Brass Quintet accompanying the liturgy and anthems.