Tools To Keep A Holy Lent

10/10/1 Making the Most of Lent's Path of Grace

A Reflection by the Rev. Poulson Reed


March 1 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the penitential season of Lent. And so now is the time to be thinking about how to make the most of those 40 days until Easter. Lent is most beneficial when we are intentional about it, focusing especially on the core Lenten practices: prayer, Scripture reading, fasting, and helping those in need.


Our RenewalWorks team recommended in their final report a 10/10/1 challenge for deepening our spiritual lives, and Lent is the perfect time to begin: 10 minutes of prayer, 10 minutes of Scripture reading, and one act of kindness each day. You could use the full services of "Morning Prayer" (Book of Common Prayer p. 75) and/or "Evening Prayer" (p. 115) or the brief “Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families” (p. 136) — by the way, the last of these, “At the Close of Day” (p. 140) is a great set of prayers for families at bedtime.


For the 10/10/1 Bible reading, you could follow the Daily Office readings (the Year One readings for the mornings and evenings in Lent begin on BCP p. 952) or just select the shortest of the gospels, Mark, (or one of the others) and read from it. For your one act of kindness, you could do something planned each day, or let God guide you (no day passes without the chance to be kind, if we are paying attention). Share your stories of kindness!


All Saints’ has a bountiful offering of programs in Lent to choose from, as well, as we keep this holy season of preparation together, from our Lenten Thursday evenings with soup and the Saint John’s Bible, to Walking to Jerusalem, to a Women’s Bible Study. Lent is also the most traditional season for individual confession and/or private spiritual conversation with a priest (by appointment).


A final word about fasting. Traditional Lenten fasting disciplines include giving up things we particularly enjoy, for example meat on Fridays, or dessert except on Sundays. Ideally we would take the money we would have spent on those things, and give it to the poor (like buying non-perishable food for our April 9 collection).

But fasting can also be adapted. Do you have unhealthy habits that distract you from loving God and your neighbor? Instead of giving up chocolate, you could fast from Facebook by limiting it to one hour per day, using the time to read or play a game with loved ones. You could limit TV, or gossip, or mean spirited criticism, or judgmental thinking, and fill the time positively. What holds you back from being the person God made you to be?


Lent is a great gift from God: the opportunity to prepare for Easter by training ourselves in holiness, seeking God’s forgiveness for our sins, and turning our attention to God and to others. Let us not miss the start of this path of grace.


Blessings,

Poulson+


  • Thursday Evenings in Lent

    EVENINGS OF PRAYER, LEARNING, & CONNECTION

    Lent Illuminated with The Saint John's Bible

    Thursdays, March 9, 16, 23, 30


    6pm Soup Supper in St. Barbara


    6:30pm 

    We begin each session with Visio Divina: Journey Through The Saint John’s Bible

    A guided path to listening for God’s Word  through meditation and prayer on scripture and sacred images. Led by Pastor Joie Baker and Mother Holly Herring

     

    Guest Presenters

    March 9: The Rev. Canon Dennis Blauser

    Canon Missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania

    “In the Beginning”


    March 16: The Rt. Rev. Kirk Stevan Smith

    Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona

    Author, historian, Bishop Kirk Smith, will share “Augustine’s Relic,” his book

    on the lessons learned from England’s oldest book and its relevance for today.

    Bishop Smith will bless our new seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible at Compline.

    Special Musical Offering: The Stabat Mater by Giovanni Pergolesi

    performed by Jennifer Holm and Claire Penneau, soloists and Scott Youngs, organ.

     

    March 23: The Rev. Canon Victor Lee Austin

    Theologian-in-Residence, Episcopal Diocese of Dallas

    “Humans and Other Creatures in Genesis”

     

    March 30: The Rev. Poulson Reed

    “In the End was the Beginning”


    7:30pm Compline

    Evening prayers in thanksgiving for the day that is completed and for safety in the night to come. 

  • Opportunities for Prayer

    Celebrations of the Holy Eucharist

    6 regular weekly services

     

    Rosary Prayer

    Sunday mornings 10:15am in the Chapel


    Evening Prayer

    Tuesday & Thursday evenings 5:30pm in the Chapel

     

    Choral Evensong

    Sunday, March 12 and April 9

    6:30pm Organ Recital / 7pm Service

     

    Introduction to Centering Prayer

    Saturday, March 4 from 9:30-11:30am

    in the Urbano Library

     

    Confession by Appointment

    Call the Church Office: 602.279.5539

  • Opportunities for Learning

    Sunday Adult Education in St. Barbara

    March 5-19: The Book of Common Prayer

    March 26, April 2, 9: TBD


    The Path of Discipleship:

    Adult Confirmation Class

    Tuesdays, March 7– April 25, 6-8pm

    in the Urbano Library

     

    Monday Morning Bible Study

    Mondays at 9am in the Urbano Library

     

    Women’s Bible Study: Via Dolorosa

    A Biblical Journey through the Stations of the Cross

    Wednesdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29

    6:30pm in the Day School Library

  • Opportunities for Service

    Lenten Outreach Project

    Wednesday, March 1 through Sunday, April 9

    Donations of non-perishable food items to ICM Food Bank, Saint Mary’s Food Bank, and Homeward Bound-Pathways Out of Poverty  


    Plus service opportunities connected with these organizations (watch for details)

  • Opportunities for Connection

    Walking to Jerusalem: A Journey of Reconciliation

    Walking to Jerusalem is a virtual journey from All Saints’ to Jerusalem that encourages walkers (runners, wheelers, cyclers, gardeners) in increase physical activity, spiritual growth and cultural awareness through a virtual tour to Jerusalem. It starts this coming Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, March 1.  


    In a world that seems more unstable than ever, we seek to journey as a group of Christian pilgrims who desire to fulfill the biblical mandate for reconciliation and peace. Our pilgrimage will be one of pain and hope to see how the church embodies the expectant promise of the good news of Jesus Christ in settings of poverty and violence.  


    What if there was no “them” in the body of Christ? What if all were simply “we?”


    Click here to log mileage/time.

     

    Click here to join us at our Facebook page.

     


    Fellowship Ministries regular gatherings:

    SAGES + Men’s Breakfast + Young Adults Brunch + Lenten Thursday Night Soup Suppers