Ash Wednesday, March 1, marks the beginning of the church’s annual Lenten observance. 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 will be held in the church on March 1 at 12:10 PM and 7:00 PM. Both services include the Imposition of Ashes. No nursery will be available. Grace Church will also offer “Ashes to Go” on the Gainesville square from approximately 2:30 – 3:30 PM.
At noon each Wednesday in Lent, beginning March 8, we 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.
- March 8: St. Michael’s Catholic, hosting; Pastor Isaac Whitehead (First Baptist on MLK), preaching; First Baptist (on Green Street) Choir
- March 15: Gainesville First United Methodist, hosting; The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Park (Grace Church), preaching; Antioch Baptist Church Choir
- March 22: First Baptist (on MLK), hosting; Rev. Lee Koontz (First Presbyterian), preaching; First United Methodist Choir
- March 29: Grace Episcopal, hosting; Pastor Scott Hearn (First United Methodist), preaching; St. John Baptist Choir
- April 5: First Presbyterian, hosting; Monsignor Jaime Barona (St. Michael’s Catholic) preaching; St. Paul United Methodist Choir
- April 12: St. John Baptist, hosting; Dr. Bill Coates (First Baptist on Green St.) & Stuart Higginbotham (Grace Church), a dialogue sermon; First Presbyterian Choir
The whole family is invited to come share in a space of fellowship and a simple soup and salad meal from 5:30 – 6:30 PM on Wednesday evenings during Lent, beginning March 8. (No meal offered on Ash Wednesday, March 1.) Cost will be $6 for youth and adults. Children 5th grade and younger eat free.
Wednesday Evening Offerings
Please stay after dinner on March 8, 15, and 22 and join us for a Lenten Bible Study. We will gather at 6:15 PM in the parish hall to explore together the Gospel texts for the upcoming Sunday each week, reflecting on their meaning for us today.
On Wednesday, March 29, Annelies Schellingerhoudt will join us to share about her journey to India and Nepal and her studies of the culture and religion there. Annelies is a junior at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is a double major in Religious Studies and Ancient Studies.
Lenten Sunday Forum
Join us on Sunday mornings during Lent as we study Lauren Winner’s Mudhouse Sabbath; Seven Ways of Christian Formation Inspired by the Jewishness of Jesus. Using a DVD with reflections by the author, we will explore a number of different traditional Jewish practices during Lent including Sabbath Keeping, Hospitality, Prayer, Fasting, Grief and Mourning, and how these practices can inform and transform the way we, as Christians, view the world and God. The Forum meets Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 AM in the parish hall.
The chapel is open for personal quiet time, prayer, and meditation from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Thursday during Lent. A booklet will be available to guide those who wish to pray the daily office of Morning, Noonday, or Evening Prayer.
Each Sunday in Lent, at the 10:45 AM worship service, members of the Ministries of Compassion team 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.
Grace Church will make available the devotional booklet offered by Episcopal Relief and Development. Written by a diverse group of faith leaders and produced by Forward Movement, 2017 Lenten Meditations reflects the spirit of Lent by focusing on love, togetherness and community. Copies will be available at the information station beginning on Ash Wednesday, and a .pdf copy can be downloaded here.
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. Boxes will be available for pick up at the information station in the connector corridor beginning on Ash Wednesday. 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.
The cross that is used for flowering on Easter morning is being used to hold our Lenten burdens. Stop by the cross, located in the Greeting Area (after Ash Wednesday), and write down a prayer or worry on a slip of paper provided. Then roll it up and place it in the cross. Smaller children may draw a picture, but need not write anything at all. The simple act of thinking a prayer and rolling up the paper is similar to lighting a candle in prayer. On Easter morning these prayers will be taken out and replaced with flowers.