“I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.”
Liturgy for Ash Wednesday, BCP p. 265
But how can you “observe a Holy Lent”? Start by spending time in quiet to listen to what your soul is telling you – about its places of sorrow and joy, about its fears and dreams, about its deepest yearnings. Spend a little time in quiet every day, and then explore ways to tend to your soul – to feed it, to comfort it, to give it space to dream. Join us in this holy and life-giving work.
Services at Church:
- Sunday morning services at 9:00 and 11:00 am
- Compline (night prayer) by candlelight: Sunday nights in March, at 8:00 pm
- Contemplative Prayer service: Tuesday evenings at 5:30 in the Chapel
Going Deeper with the Bible:
- Lectio Divina (holy reading) at 10:00 Sunday mornings, led by St. John’s clergy. We will explore the readings for that day using the ancient spiritual practice of Lectio Divina. No homework. No pressure. Just you.
- “Good Book Club” – organized by Forward Movement, the whole Episcopal Church is invited to read the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts together during the seasons of Lent and Easter. (Click here to watch an invitation from Presiding Bishop Curry.) You can access the materials here, or you can subscribe and follow directly.
- The Irreverends Podcast – Tim and Gini’s weekly 30-minute podcast exploring the Bible readings for the coming Sunday. You can listen from the website or subscribe on iTunes.
- Giving Calendar for Lent: pick this up in church or click here to print it out to use each day as a way keep track of things for which you are grateful, to direct your prayers for others, and to collect money that you can donate to Georgetown Ministry Center or other organization at Easter.
- Illustrated Lent: pick it up at church, or click here to print it out. This resource has family devotions, activities, and fantastic coloring pages to go along with the readings for each Sunday in Lent.