Lent at Saint Anne’s

Wednesday Night Soup Supper and Program
March 2nd is Ash Wednesday.  We will gather for pancakes on the night before, Shrove Tuesday, in preparation for beginning our journey through Lent.  This is an old English practice to use up the animal fats, eggs, and sugars to begin the fasting that was expected during the forty days of Lent. Beginning on March 9 through April 6 we will gather for a simple meal and program each Wednesday before Holy Week.  Supper will begin at 6:00 and the program will end about 7:10, early enough so that families may get their children home and so that members of the choir may attend.  We are using a program from the Society of Saint John the Evangelist that focuses on the five marks of love that teach us how to live into the mission of Jesus. Tim, Edith, Will, and I will lead different sessions of the program.  Mark your calendars to attend.
A Lenten Quiet Day
For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved….  Isaiah 30:15a
The focus of Lent is often centered around making penance, of being sorrowful for our failings, and confessing our sins – it is what is characterized as the “work” of repentance.  However, the Hebrew word “teshuva” and the Greek word “metanoia” may be translated as return or to turn around.  The stories and parables in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures invite us to change direction in our actions, our hearts, and our minds.  This process of turning is a first step that leads us back to fullness of life with God.
Join me and our seminarians, Edith and Will on Saturday, March 19th, from 9:00 to 2:00 for a quiet day.  It will include silence and meditation, praying the scriptures, and other creative activities as we explore God’s forgiveness.  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.