Faith Formation Opportunities during Lent
A selection of the opportunites for learning and growth, for preparation and deeper understanding at Saint Mark's Cathedral this spring.
Lenten Devotional from Episcopal Relief in Development Booklets will be available free in the back the Cathedral nave, but you can sign up for daily emails by clicking this link. (Dean Thomason is featured as one of the contributors for the daily reflections in this resource)
Daily Morning Prayer, using ttp://www.missionstclare.com/english/ or sign up for daily email or smart phone/IPad app.
Daily Compline (bedtime prayers) using New Zealand Book of Common Prayer resource at http://dailyoffice.org/late-nz/
Book of Hours, a lovely little book with daily reflections available for purchase in the Cathedral Shop
How are we as modern, 21st century, scientifically minded persons to embrace the claims of faith and spirituality with all of our minds.
The first commandment instructs us to love God with all of our mind, but it is hard for modern, scientifically informed persons to be of one mind on matters of faith. We will address this in light of scripture, reason, modern science and personal experience.
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Limited to 12 participants to allow everyone to participate fully. Contact: Keith Moore at email@example.com" or 206.525.7068.
Available group meeting days and locations are:
Mondays, Feb. 18 – March 18, 7 pm, Leffler Living Room
Thursdays, Feb. 21 – March 21, 7 pm, in a home on Capitol Hill
Additional groups can be formed - contact the organizers to start a new section.
Conversations inspired by the five Baptismal promises and the weekly collects during Lent.
Download the study guide here.
Sign up on Sundays in the back of the nave. For additional information or to sign up for a group please email or call Jo Ann Bailey, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206.329.5428. or Doug Thorpe email@example.com.
Wednesdays, Feb. 20 – March 20, 7 pm, Library
An invitation into a deeper spiritual process through a variety of practices that encourage reflection and inner listening.
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Sunday, March 3, 6 pm Library & Sunday, March 24, 6 pm, location tbd
Some of the most important decisions we make for our planet - our daily choices about food - are the ones within our most immediate and personal control. For this season of Lent, we are invited to participate in a Lenten discipline focused on making choices about food that reflect our faith and our concern for the planet, our health, and the animals that share our earthly home. Read more about the concept: www.ecww.org/simple-changes-faith-and-food-during-lent? and then join us for the two sessions.
Contact: Carolyn White firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Dwight Zschelle, Scholar and Episcopal priest, the book "draws on multiple streams of Anglican thought and practice, plus contemporary experience to craft a vision for mission that addresses the church s post-establishment, post-colonial context. With stories, practices and concrete illustrations, Zscheile engages readers in re-envisioning what it means to be Anglican in America today and sends readers out to build new relationships within their local contexts."
Read along with the Bishop- and learn his thoughts- on his blog at http://www.bishoprickel.com/bishop_rickels_blog/
Reserve your copy today at the Cathedral Shop
Or contact: George Treusch, 206.323.1040, email@example.com
Sundays, March 3, 10, and 17; 3:30-5 p.m. Leffler Living Room
Preparation for baptism is almost as important as the baptism itself. In the classes, parents remember their own baptisms, share the hopes and dreams they have for their children, renew their commitment to live out the promises they have made, and make connections with other parents.
Read more at http://www.saintmarks.org/Worship/Baptism.php
Contact: Cindy Spencer, 206.303.-0800, firstname.lastname@example.org
This short video might help answer some of your question about Lent- and maybe invite some new ones.
Follow the link at the end of the video for a "Lent Calendar" in the style of an Advent calendar.
Resources, meditations and study guides for experiencing a reflective Lenten season are available from the Episcopal Church. The resources have been complied by the Mission Staff of the Episcopal Church.
Find these and more at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/notice/episcopal-church-offers-lenten-resources-meditations-0
"Like" the Episcopal Church facebook page for an ongoing conversation focusing on Ash Wednesday/Lent. www.facebook.com/episcopalian
Episcopal Church Foundations: Vital Practices- a links to other resources.
Lenten Devotional from Episcopal Relief in Development" Booklets will be available free in the back the Cathedral nave, but you can sign up for daily emails by clicking this link.
Carbon Fast Beginning Ash Wednesday and throughout Lent, participants will receive a daily email with the day's suggested carbon-reducing activity.
"Framework for Freedom": Each Lent in recent years, the brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, through a blog site, have invited others into the spiritual practices of creating and living a rule of life. "Each year we have received incredibly grateful feedback for the way that it has enriched people's Lenten experience," said Jamie Coats, Director of Friends of SSJE. This year's offering has been expanded to include daily videos and readings, and weekly audio of sermons from the brothers' Tuesday night Lenten preaching series--all under the heading "A Framework for Freedom" that invites subscribers to watch, read, reflect and listen throughout the days of Lent.
Read more and subscribe at ssje.org/lent.
One component of this year's Lenten offering is the "Brother, Give Us a Word" daily e-mail devotional begun last Lent. It now has more than 3,000 subscribers who receive a word--"prayer," "abide," "remember," "trust"--that can be used as a focus for prayer each morning and a simple sentence or two of observation about it from the brothers. People write to say that having these "words" accompany them in their travels and show up first thing in their newsfeeds and inboxes helps them get the day off to a right start, Coats said. "It's been a great learning experience with less is more," he said.
Read more and subscribe at ssje.org/word.
Lent Madness began in 2010 as the brainchild of the Rev. Tim Schenck. In seeking a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church’s Calendar of Saints, Tim came up with this unique Lenten devotion. Combining his love of sports with his passion for the lives of the saints, Lent Madness was born on his blog “Clergy Family Confidential.”
The format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Final Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo. The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move into the area of saintly kitsch.
Read on and take part at www.lentmadness.org/.
Click here to read more about the authors of this "lighthearted approach to saintly education".