Noted below are offerings for the Lenten season to aid parishioners in the keeping of the holy season and in the renewal of faith in preparation for Easter.
Ash Wednesday Services
Ash Wednesday services will be held in the church on February 10 at 12:10 PM and 7:00 PM. Both services include the Imposition of Ashes. If you are unable to attend and would like ashes brought to you, or you know of someone who would like ashes, please contact the parish office.
Morning & Evening Prayer
Morning Prayer is offered at 8:15 AM every weekday morning for the season of Lent. Evening Prayer is offered at 5:30 PM every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and at 6:30 PM every Wednesday. These services will be held in the chapel from February 11 until March 18.
Ecumenical Wednesday Service/Lunch
At noon each Wednesday in Lent, we will gather with members of other churches in our community for worship and a light lunch. (Suggested donation is $5.) Please note that there will be no 12:10 PM service in our chapel during Lent.
- February 17 First Baptist, hosting; Stuart Higginbotham, preaching
- February 24 Gainesville First United Methodist, hosting; Stephen Samuel, preaching
- March 2 Grace Episcopal, hosting; Lee Koontz, preaching
- March 9 St. Michaels Catholic, hosting; Terry Walton, preaching
- March 16 First Presbyterian, hosting; Liz Coates, preaching
Wednesday Lenten Suppers
The whole family is invited to come share in a space of fellowship, simple meals, and Evening Prayer on Wednesday evenings during Lent. A shared meal of soup and salad will be available from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Fr. Stuart will host any who want to help cook soup, beginning at 4:00 PM each Wednesday, as a way to spend time together during this Lenten season. Cost will be $5 for youth and adults. Children 5th grade and younger eat free.
Evening Prayer will follow our meal at 6:30 PM in the chapel, and all are encouraged to attend as we observe our Lenten season.
Fr. Stuart will lead a guided parish retreat on Saturday, March 5 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Mark your calendars and keep watch for details.
EVE: evening worship for sacred days
Join us for a Lenten EVE on Sunday, February 21 at 6:00 PM. We will gather in the Chapel for a service of music, prayer, and Eucharist. Come as you are. Come curious and hopeful, broken and healed, joyful and burdened. Come. Bring your burdens and your prayers. Bring your joy and your life. Let’s lay it all down, sing, and worship together.
The chapel is open for personal quiet time, prayer, and meditation from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday during Lent.
Laying on of Hands for Healing
Each Sunday in Lent, at the 10:45 AM worship service, members of the Pastoral Care Committee are stationed in the side aisles for those who would like to receive laying on of hands for healing, or a prayer for someone else.
Mite Boxes invite us to make available during Lent some of our treasure for the relief of our needy neighbors. This is done by placing money in the box on a regular basis throughout the season. Baskets for receiving filled boxes will be available on Easter Day. Money received will be forwarded to Episcopal Relief and Development to support projects assisting the needy in this and other countries. Pick up a mite box from the information table beginning on Ash Wednesday.
Lenten Devotional Booklet
We have gathered offerings from various members of our parish, lay and ordained, to use as our Lenten devotional. The collection of personal reflections on the Daily Office scriptures is coming soon. It will be emailed and also available for download from our website. We hope these devotions will be meaningful for individuals or families during the Lenten season. coming soon