The Season of Lent presents many opportunities for renewal, reconciliation and spiritual discovery at St. Peter’s and in the Diocese. Please plan to avail yourself of the many opportunities to engage more fully in the following events and activities:
Daily Lenten Meditation and Prayer
- Forward Day by Day booklets provide wonderful daily meditations following the Daily Lectionary. Booklets are available at no charge at the church.
- Sam Portaro’s new book Sense and Sensibility: A Lenten Exploration is available at coffee hour and from the Parish Office for a donation of $16. This book explores how you can use your five senses during the Lenten Season to explore a fuller awareness of yourself and your relation to God. The author focuses on a different sense each week, with a daily meditation on that sense. We will be using this book for our Thursday Lenten Soup & Discussion Series.
- Daily Prayer: Come experience Morning or Evening Prayer in the church to begin or end your day. The light is especially wonderful streaming into the church evenings this time of year. Come early and enjoy the quiet, and then soothe your soul with 20 minutes of scripture and prayers in the ancient tradition of this Anglican worship. Morning Prayer on Mondays at 9:30am and Saturdays at 8:30am; Evening Prayer on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 5:30pm.
- Wednesday Noon Eucharist and Healing Service: When we hurt others and God we have the sacrament of reconciliation where our sins are forgiven. When we are hurt ourselves – physically, emotionally, spiritually—we have the sacrament of anointing. This Lenten season, come to the 30 minute Wednesday noon service for healing, forgiveness and spiritual nourishment.
Walking the Way of the Cross
Every other Friday at 7pm in the church you are invited to walk the way of the cross in this ancient rite of Stations of the Cross. For 30 minutes we will walk around the church as the faithful have done for centuries stopping to remember and pray at the 14 stations from Jesus’ condemnation to death by Pilate through his walk to Mt Calvary and death on the cross to his being laid in a tomb. Enter into being a witness to Christ’s passion by participating in Stations of the Cross, March 15, March 29, April 12.
Lenten Study and Discussion
Join Father David and Rev. Adele for Thursday a noon Lenten Soup and Discussion in the Parish Hall. For one hour on Thursdays we will have a nourishing soup lunch and discuss the Portaro Book Sense and Sensibility: A Lenten Exploration. Series begins on March 14 through April 11. Spend your lunch hour exploring using your senses to discover a fuller awareness of yourself and your relation to God.
Almsgiving: UTO Mite Boxes
Pick up your United Thank Offering (UTO) Mite box at church. Every time you are blessed, put a coin in the box. Boxes will be collected at the UTO Ingathering on the Second Sunday of Easter, April 27. For more information on UTO, go to: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/united-thank-offering.
Come to St. Peter’s 10am Saturdays in Lent and try some spiritual practices:
- Walking the Labyrinth THIS SATURDAY, March 9 in the Parish Hall. Treat your soul to some spiritual walking with this traditional practice of walking a labyrinth. Rev. Adele will provide information and guidance to help you get the most out of this experience.
- Making and Praying the Episcopal Rosary March 25 in the Parish Hall. Father David will once again have materials for you to create your own Episcopal rosary. We will end by praying the rosary together.
- Centering Prayer April 6 in the church. Come experience silent Christian meditation as you are led into the contemplation and peacefulness of centering prayer.
Watch with the Blessed Sacrament
In Holy Week between Maundy Thursday and Good Friday the Reserved Sacrament is taken out of the church to the Altar of Repose and the faithful are asked to watch for one hour at a time, in remembrance of Jesus’ time in the Garden of Gethsemane before his crucifixion. Sign up at coffee hour to watch for one hour on April 18 and 19.
Lenten Retreat Opportunities at the Diocesan Retreat House
- Lenten Quiet Day: Blessing the Divine Saturday, March 6 from 9:30am to 2:00pm at the Retreat House at Hillsboro led by Linda Mastro. As mature adults, we have spent many seasons of our lives recounting our mistakes and making amends. With this maturity comes the wisdom to acknowledge, and seek forgiveness for, the mistakes we make along the way. During this Lenten Quiet Day, we will look at the nature of atonement and take a different kind of inventory, examining lessons learned from our mistakes and the resulting gifts we bring to life. For more information at to register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lenten-quiet-day-blessing-the-divine-tickets-55061273752.
- Day of Retreat for people in their 20’s and 30’s March 16 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Retreat House in Hillsboro. This retreat day is designed for those in their 20’s and 30’s who: are looking for a restorative day of prayer with others that includes silence and time in nature and wish to learn more about contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition and explore different contemplative practices. For more information and to register go to: https://rhdayofretreat.eventbrite.com.