Wednesday Evenings in Lent
This year for our Lenten Series, “Bringing the Bible to Life for All Ages”, we will explore the life and teaching of Jesus. For the first four weeks we will have the traditional Soup and Salad Suppers and the last week we will again have a Seder. We have some DVDs which explore both the teachings of Jesus and significant events of Jesusâ€™ life. The DVDâ€™s use a lot of reenactment, with a bit of explanation, so that the parables, for instance, come to life in startling new ways. Even children should be able to enjoy and learn from these DVDâ€™s, and we will have Bible activities for children to engage in while adults discuss the DVD afterwards.
We will end the series the fifth week with a Seder–the Passover Feast that Jesus would have participated in every year of his life from babyhood to the Last Supper. We will celebrate a Christian Seder, with traditional Jewish foods made and brought pot-luck style by participants. This has been very popular, and will give people of all ages new understanding both of our Jewish roots and of the roots of our Communion service. If you have never been to a Seder, even if you cannot come to the other evenings, do make a special effort to have this experience this year. It will enrich you.
We close the first four weeks with Station of the Cross in the church, ending by about 8:00. If you have never experienced the rich, meditative beauty of Stations of the Cross, come this year as a part of your Lenten discipline, and walk in Christâ€™s footsteps throughout Lent. On the Seder evening, we will not have Stations of the Cross.
The series begins on the first Wednesday night after Ash Wednesday. This year this will be March 16. For the first four weeks, we will begin by gathering for a simple meal at 6. The program which follows begins at about 6:40 and ends at about 7:30.Â If you can volunteer to provide soup, salad or bread for any of the first four weeks, please contact Floss Rhine or Betty Gallagher. Flossâ€™s number is 610- 534-9621; Bettyâ€™s is 610-532-7629.
For the Seder, participants will be asked to help by bringing food. We have some easy-to-follow recipes, and some things can simply be bought.Â We also need to get some special items, like plastic wineglasses, grape juice, matzoth, and items for the Seder plate. We will have a basket for donations to cover costs.
We hope several participants will volunteer to help get everything ready in time for the feast.
We invite anyone who is interested in attending a Seder, even if you cannot come to the other four weeks, to sign up for the Seder by talkingÂ to Rev. Judy about your interest.
Wednesday Eucharists and Breakfast
For those who are early risers, or would like to make such a practice part of their Lenten program, our 6:45 a.m. Eucharist will be offered again this year for each Wednesday in Lent. The Eucharist lasts about 30 minutes and is followed by a home made breakfast and fellowship in Musselman Hall.
Lenten Materials Available
We have an assortment of resources available to help people of all ages, including families and children, find and keep a Lenten discipline. These can be found on the table in the vestibule near the water cooler.
There is a basket for donations to cover costs. The items are not expensiveâ€”most cost between one and two dollarsâ€”but if you cannot afford even this, please feel free to take whatever you would like.
Lenten Coin Folders
As part of your Lenten journey, you are invited to remember the needy each day of Lent. With each quarter you put in your coin folder you can pray for those less fortunate. You can also put that prayer into action. Coin folders will be gathered at Easter and the proceeds distributed to needy through our Outreach Committee.
Prayer, Scripture Reading and Retreats
If you are not already doing so, Lent is an ideal time to begin reading Morning and/or Evening Prayer in the Book of Common Prayer. You might also want to pray the Compline service before bedtime. It is also to be found in the Book of Common Prayer. Under the “Resources” section of our website there is a link to Morning and Evening Prayer on-line. This makes it easy to follow the service and the accompanying readings.
You may also wish to make a retreat sometime during this season. A local Quaker retreat in center in Wallingford is Pendle Hill. You may wish to consider a quiet day or an overnight there.
If you would like make a retreat in a monastery of the Episcopal Church, you might consider the beautiful Holy Cross monastery on the Hudson River in New York. The monks are gracious and the accommodations are superb. Both men and women are welcome.