The Season of Lent
Lent is a season of reflection that began on Ash Wednesday (March 5) and concludes on Easter (April 20).
The reality is that the season of Lent, which Christians have practiced for so many centuries, is about the same kind of yearning for greater light in the world, whether you live in the Northern Hemisphere or the Southern Hemisphere. The word “Lent” means “lengthen” and it’s about the days getting longer. The early Church began to practice a season of preparation for those who would be baptized at Easter, and before too long other members of the Christian community joined those candidates for baptism as an act of solidarity.
It was a season during which Christians and future Christians learned about the disciplines of the faith - prayer and study and fasting and giving alms, sharing what they have. But the reality is that, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere, the lengthening days were often times of famine and hunger, when people had used up their winter food stores and the spring had not yet produced more food to feed people.
Acting in solidarity with those who go hungry is a piece of what it means to be a Christian. To be a follower of Jesus is to seek the healing of the whole world. And Lent is a time when we practice those disciplines as acts of solidarity with the broken and hungry and ill and despised parts of the world.
From Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in her Lent Message 2014
Tuesday Night Lent Series begins March 11:
The Passion of the Child - a look at the lives of modern children
Hosted by St. Bartholomew’s, Church of Reconciliation, All Saints’ & St. Marks Episcopal churches
- March 11 @ St. Bartholomew’s: Joyce Tigger-Founder, Shady Oak Christian School, will speak on “The Hope of the Child”
- March 18 @ Reconciliation: Minta Moore, Director-New Life Refuge, will speak on the topic of “The Commodity of the Child”
- March 25 @ All Saints’: Dr. Scott Elliff, CCISD Superintendent, will speak on “Educating the Child”
- April 1 @ St. Marks: Dr. Daniel Vijeswarapu, pediatrician, will speak on “The Vitality of the Child”
- April 8 @ St. Marks: Norm Thomas, attorney, County Court at Law 5, will speak on “The System and the Child”
Sundays at 9:30am in the library -
Dipping into the well of “Everything Belongs”
This new series begins March 16 and will continue through Palm Sunday, April 13. The interactive class will be presented/facilitated by Debbie Dunham, except for March 23, when John Otto will step-in.
The challenge of the book “Everything Belongs” is simple, yet profound: “Be aware. Be aware of God in all things.” The author, Richard Rohr, is known as one of the most significant prophets and teachers of the contemporary church. He gets to the heart of Christianity – especially for the person who is hungry and searching for “more.”
With words from the heart, words that live in and emerge from healthy spirituality, this book is a grand invitation to grow. It is about learning to see, to see anew and to being open to transformation. Yet, he tells us, we are not likely to be transformed people without dealing with our own need to divide things into what we like and don’t like or by judging what is right and what is wrong. God uses everything to transform us. As one of Rohr’s early and most influential books, it is well worth pondering again and again, as we go deeper into what it means to be contemplative and fully in the presence of God.
Books are available in the office or in class for $15 each (signed by the author). Reading the book is recommended – but not necessary.
Sundays at 10:00am - First Things First: Practical Spirituality for Beginners (Everyone is a Beginner!)
Join us on the labyrinth with Father Jonathan Wickham between the 9am and 11 am worship service. He continues his popular class with a topic that engages every adult, wherever they may be on their spiritual journey. Practically speaking - each day and every moment, is a new opportunity to observe, learn from, grow, transform, and act.
Both of these classes will build on the last, but each session will have teaching that stands on its own, so feel free to drop-in on any class you are able to attend.
Tuesday morning Wisdom Class - new book discussion starts March 11
The group will be discussing "My Stroke of Insight" by Jill Bolte Taylor. The Wisdom Class meets Tuesday 10-11:30 am. Please join us! If you have any questions contact Jan Hilton at 853-5178.
Welcome to All Saints' – a family committed to embracing the Divine in all through experiencing and sharing the compassionate story of Jesus Christ.
We are deeply rooted in the beauty of the Episcopal tradition while open to innovative ways of experiencing God's presence in all sacred traditions. We are committed to prayer, to compassionate engagement with the world, to spiritual formation and to the spirit of inclusion. All Saints' is a house of prayer for all God's people - and we warmly welcome your presence at any of our services, classes or events.