Spiritual Formation

First Friday In Lent

Friday Night Unplugged/Contemplative Service on Friday, March 8, followed by a potluck soup/salad/bread supper.

Stations of the Cross

Fridays during Lent, we gather for Stations of the Cross at 6:00 p.m., followed by a potluck soup/salad/bread supper. This season's topic is The Saving Significance of Jesus' Death and Resurrection, beginning on Friday, March 15.

Rector's Lenten Message

We are soon to begin our Lenten journey. It is a season that invites us to ask ourselves questions – questions that can bring us closer to the life, death, and love of Christ. One of the questions I ask myself is whether my Lenten journey is one of giving. Am I giving of myself as Jesus taught me I should – as Jesus himself did? Am I practicing a self-sacrifice and awareness that can make me more available as a person God can use for healing some of the brokenness of the world?

One of the liabilities of living in a well sourced and abundant society like ours is that we who are comfortable are not familiar, in our experience, with what hunger and thirst really feel like as a regular part of our daily struggle. We may know what it feels like to miss a meal or be famished from physical exertion. But, deep, day-long hunger, and concern for when our next meal will be, is something most of us are blessed to be spared from.

Yet, hungry, poor folks come to our church doors seeking food here regularly – adults, children, and the elderly of all ethnic backgrounds. The condition of people being bereft of sufficient food in a society so richly endowed as is ours, is part of the brokenness that calls to our attention. Fortunately, St. John’s gives food to all without question and without judgment. The generosity of our congregation is a Spirit-led blessing. And our Lenten journey must continue to make us reinforce our dedication to this Christ-called healing.

But, one of the things we are also called to examine and choose during Lent is the act of healing in our relationships, both individually and collectively. Let us also continue to grow in our call to stand up for the weak and the vulnerable, whether in our neighborhoods, nation or in the world. Let us dedicate even more of ourselves to advocating for them – even if our government retreats from humanely addressing the needs of those trapped in poverty within our borders, and those seeking refuge from poverty and oppression at our borders.

Let us ask ourselves: “What more can I do about the deprivations of others? Can I step out in faith and be heard on behalf of the oppressed, the denied, and the deprived?”

The walk with Jesus to Jerusalem is a step-by-step walk back to God. It is a walk in which we contemplate giving ourselves more fully to prayer, reconciliation, self-sacrifice, compassion, welcoming, and generosity. Giving of ourselves in support of the weak must be a central part of the self-surrender that Jesus promises will actually be our blessing. This is one of the ways that we can be faithful stewards and living followers of the example of the One who loves us all.

Your Rector and brother in Christ,

The Rev. Bruce A. Jackson

Lent and Holy Week Schedule

helpful hints Ash Wednesday (March 16, 2019)
Imposition of Ashes & Eucharist
10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

Fridays in Lent
March 8
Friday Night Unplugged/Contemplative Service
6:00 p.m.

March 15, 23, 29, April 5, 12
Stations of the Cross (details at left)
6:00 p.m.

Palm Sunday (April 14, 2019)
The Sunday of the Passion

8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.

Clergy Renewal of Vows (April 16, 2019)
at Trinity Cathedral

11:00 a.m.

Maundy Thursday (April 18, 2019)
Holy Eucharist

6:30 p.m.

Good Friday Liturgy (April 19, 2019)
6:30 p.m.

Holy Saturday (April 20, 2019)
Great Vigil of Easter

7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday (April 21, 2019)
Holy Eucharist

6:00 a.m. (sunrise), 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.