The season of Lent is a wonderful time for us to pause and reflect, to repent which means to turn. The reading from Isaiah on Ash Wednesday confronts us with the idea that we can serve our own interests while fasting and taking on a discipline while still oppressing others. The passage gives us a sense of the positive places where our disciplines can lead us.
I think that Lent is a time for us to look both inward and outward, taking time to ask ourselves questions about our walk with God and neighbor. How are we called as individuals and a community to “loose the bonds of injustice to undo the thongs of the yoke to let the oppressed go free?” St. Thomas offers a number of opportunities to serve and reflect during Lent.
- Ash Wednesday Services February 18 at 12:00 or 7:00 pm.
- Wednesday night Programs, Interspirituality will feature a different speaker each week from various faith traditions, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, etc. Eucharist at 6:30pm, followed by a simple dinner in the parish hall at 7:00, speaker from 7:30-8:30. We begin on Wednesday February 25.
- Participate in the Lenten Quiet Day on Saturday March 7 from 8:30am -2:30pm sponsored by the Daughters of the King
- Celebrate Episcopal Relief and Development Sunday on Lent I, February 22. Pick up one of the 2015 ERD Lenten Devotional books to read daily to increase our awareness of the suffering of others
- Participate in Sunday Christian Formation at 9:00 am, where we will Study Marcus Borg’s The Last Week.
- Join the Rector’s Tuesday Morning Book Study 10-11:15am – We will read Martin Smith’s A Season for the Spirit.
- Learn about the Saints through participation in Lent Madness! – Pick up a Saintly Scorecard which is a devotional that provides biographies of 32 saints. Join Lent Madness on its website www.lentmadness.org