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Each day is warmer and drier than the last. The ground is parched, the budding trees cry out for moisture, but there is none to be had these days in March along the Front Range of Colorado. Today the people of Grace and St. Stephen’s pray for water—water for our comfortable lives, of course, but also for the Water of Life that comes only from God. Join us as we pray that God will keep our souls and protect us from all evil that may assault us as we travel our Lenten journey toward Good Friday and Easter.
Join the people of Grace and St. Stephen’s as we journey into the time of Holy Lent—not as a time of withdrawal but as a time of entering and engagement. We enter into a time of reflection, contemplation and self-examination. We engage with those in need by collecting donations for a new homeless women’s shelter and by opening our church building as a place of refuge for homeless families. Today the people of Grace and St. Stephen’s ask God to gather to himself those who have strayed from his ways so that all may embrace his truth.
This Sun., Mar. 5 is the First Sunday in Lent. Join us as begin our 40-day journey of penitence, reflecting on the time our Lord Jesus Christ spent in the wilderness and his battles with temptations. The services begin with the Great Litany, when we beseech our living Father to have mercy upon us and grant us strength and courage to resist Satan.
On Friday afternoons throughout Lent, following the chanted monastic Noonday Liturgy, I will be hearing Confessions in the side chapel, by appointment, from 1pm to 2:30pm. If you wish to meet with me for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In our Episcopal tradition, the beginning of the season of Lent is treated differently than the opening of any other Church season. During the Ash Wednesday liturgy the priest is directed to read an invitation in the congregation. The invitation not only invites the people to the observance of a holy Lent, it also gives some indication of what such an observance should look like.
If you love to grow vegetables, are curious about growing vegetables or are looking for a way to help bring healthy eating to families in need, please come to the church office, McWilliams House (the corner of Willamette and N. Tejon) on Sat., Mar. 18 at 1 pm.
Don’t throw those used, broken, out-of-date electronics into the landfill! Save the planet and support our Youth programs by recycling your electronics at Grace and St. Stephen’s on Sat., Mar. 25, 10 am to 1 pm (in the south parking lot). For a small fee, Metech Recycling will take your electronic castaways and recycle them. Grace and St. Stephen’s youth, joined by youth from St. Michael’s and Chapel of Our Saviour, will be cheerfully unload the items from your vehicle.
Today, on the last Sunday in Epiphany we invite you to join us in prayer that we -- like the disciples who were with Jesus on the mountain (Matthew [17:1-9] -- shine the light of God’s love on all we meet.