Morning Prayer and Breakfast
beginning March 12
Chapel Service: 7:15am
Words are fresh early in the morning. As are our ears and our souls. It’s probably the time of our greatest receptivity. The prayers and the texts of the Daily Office serve as lovely reminders of the best hopes for all that will follow in the coming hours. And when these are shared with others, with those who have simply chosen to come, our hopes are made all the more real and present.
After the prayers, those attending are invited to join together for a short breakfast and conversation, which, true to the term, can prove to be a wonderful breaking of the fast of the night.
Bible Study of Coming Sunday Gospel Readings
beginning March 12
Church Chapel: 6:30pm
This Lent, the Rev. Melissa Wilcox, will offer a Lenten series on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30pm (so Redeemer Choir members can participate) dedicated to the coming Sunday Gospel readings. We will read and reflect on them together and allow time for sharing our insights. We will gather in the chapel and close with the brief service of Compline. Space is limited. Please register at: www.TheRedeemer.org/RSVP.
Scriptures Alive in Lent!
Thursdays at Noon
Women, take time out during Lent to explore the story of Moses, Miriam, the Israelites and the Exodus from Egypt (including the Passover and the crossing of the Red Sea). Enjoy the company of other women on Thursdays, from noon to 1 pm, in the Parish House. Bring your lunch if you wish. No prior Biblical knowledge is needed, and no homework is required. For more information contact Barbara Billings.
To learn where power ceases.
-- a Lenten discipline –
Suggestions from The Rector
Each Ash Wednesday, the season of Lent begins with an invitation to the practice of holiness, to which no one ever objects.
All the same, however, few ever ask what holiness is or what it entails. It’s a word generally left empty of real meaning. And in the absence of a true sense of holiness, all sorts of other Lenten disciplines are undertaken, ranging from good works to slight acts of abstinence, soon forgotten thereafter.
For this Lent, we invite you to contemplate holiness as that liminal space where power, which is the chief currency of our world, ceases, and we are opened to a more essential dependency and foundation. As Paul reminds us: power comes to an end, but love endures.
With this in mind, we have put together a list of four books, from which any one can be chosen. Each book can easily be read quickly. And if read this way, each would offer some minor increase in information (in line with the modern understanding that information is power).
But this is not how these books should be read. They should be read slowly, reflectively, and thoughtfully -- with the hope and the expectation that at length they will provide an experience of the holy, both for us and within us.
The four books are:
Lament For a Son: Nicholas Wolterstorff
An unforgettable diary, chronicling a father’s response to his son’s death. But on every page, this book is more about life than death, more a book of faith than a book about faith.
The Gossamer Wall: Poems by Michael O’Siadhail
These poems, drawn from an exploration of the holocaust, have been described as “tender, vulnerable and defiant;” poems that “that confront and revitalize the old themes of love, loss, memory and desire.”
Joy, Despair, and Hope; Reading Psalms: Edward Feld
Feld's insights reveal how individual psalmists struggle with their faith, how they are wracked by doubt and self-questioning, and how they come finally to a greater understanding of faith.
The Book of Common Prayer; a Biography: Alan Jacobs
This is the biography of the book that is most central to our identity and practices as Episcopalians. It’s beautifully written, accessible, and teaches much about our faith, even as it reads like an adventure story.
We will have copies on hand for purchase and will take orders as requested.