Lent is the season in which we anticipate the great mystery of God’s salvation. Like at other times of the year, we focus on entering into the story of Jesus because that story is our story, before any other story.

Lent always begins 40 days before Easter (the count excludes Sundays which are always feast days). The 40 days of Lent correspond to the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness. Sometimes we refer to Lent as the ‘wilderness of Lent’, mindful that our many conflicting desires and loyalties create can make life difficult and inhospitable. During Lent we are mindful that following Jesus requires of us to want ‘the One thing.’

For this reason Lent is associated with three disciplines: fasting, the care for the poor, prayer, and fasting. These disciplines are always important but as “Lent” is the old English word for “spring”, so Lent is the springtime of the soul. In this sense, Lent and its disciplines are about more, not less. Lent is about having life abundantly. (John 10)

It should be noted that fasting does not have to be an abstaining from food. It could be refraining from anything the excess of which is not healthy. So, a carbon fast (public transit or walking instead of driving) or abstaining from social media may be useful alternatives. May God give us wisdom to distinguish that which is life-giving from that which is not.

Please join us for one or all of these services. Holy Week services will be announced shortly.

Our Ash Wednesday Service is on March 6 @ 7 pm

Our weekly Lenten Services will be on Thursdays at 7 pm. We will use the liturgy of Holden Evening Prayer.

The services will be preceded by a simple meal of a bowl of soup and a bun. The dates are:

March 14
March 21
March 28
April 4
April 11

Holy Week Services are as follows:

Palm Sunday (April 14) 10 am

Maundy Thursday Holy Communion at 7 pm

Good Friday 3 pm, A meditative reading of the passion according to John, interspersed with prayer and song

Easter SundayEaster Eucharist 10 am at the church and

an ecumenical Sunrise Service at Fisherman’s Memorial (Garry Point Park) at  approx 6:00 am (time to be confirmed), followed by Easter Breakfast at Steveston United Church.