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 2 @ 7 pm at the church (6340 Number 4 Road, Richmond)
Our weekly Lenten Services will be on Wednesdays at 7 pm, held at St. Anne’s Anglican Church. We will use the liturgy of Holden Evening Prayer.
You will be able to join in person (4071 Francis Rd), on YouTube, or via Zoom (contact the church office for the zoom invitation)
Also during Lent: We invite you to our Lenten study to be conducted on Zoom on Tuesdays during Lent
(March 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5). We will read Brian Zahnd’s book, “Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God.” The book has ten chapters, we will read two chapters ahead of each session and discuss.
Zahnd helps us read the Bible, understand how to reconcile contradicting passages, and what the cross of Jesus means, and how to understand the nature of God. Zahnd talks about the book in this clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSDpqnA0Ct0
The paperback is $20.00. The book is also available as an e-book. Please register your participation and let us know whether you would like us to order a book for you.
Holy Week Services are as follows:
Palm Sunday (April 10) 10 am
Maundy Thursday Holy Communion at 7 pm
Good Friday 10 am
Easter Sunday –Easter Eucharist 10 am