This week we offer a selection of reflections on a Holy Lent:
I Cannot Do This Alone
O God, early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray
And to concentrate my thoughts on you;
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness,
But in you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is peace.
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways,
But you know the way for me...
Restore me to liberty,
And enable me to live now
That I may answer before you and before men.
Lord, whatever this day may bring,
Your name be praised.
For Lent, 1966
It is my Lent to break my Lent,
To eat when I would fast,
To know when slender strength is spent,
Take shelter from the blast
When I would run with wind and rain,
To sleep when I would watch.
It is my Lent to smile at pain
But not ignore its touch.
It is my Lent to listen well
When I would be alone,
To talk when I would rather dwell
In silence, turn from none
Who call on me, to try to see
That what is truly meant
Is not my choice. If Christ's I'd be
It's thus I'll keep my Lent.
From: Reflections on Lent
The Most Reverend Rowan Williams,
104th Archbishop of Canterbury
It's important to remember that the word 'Lent' itself comes from the old English word for 'spring'. It's not about feeling gloomy for forty days; it's not about making yourself miserable for forty days; it's not even about giving things up for forty days. Lent is springtime. It's preparing for that great climax of springtime which is Easter - new life bursting through death. And as we prepare ourselves for Easter during these days, by prayer and by self-denial, what motivates us and what fills the horizon is not self-denial as an end in itself but trying to sweep and clean the room of our own minds and hearts so that the new life really may have room to come in and take over and transform us at Easter. (Read/watch it all here).
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Annual Meeting and UTO
Ingathering of the Diocesan ECW
Saturday, May 20
Grace-St. Paul, Mercerville
10:00 am Eucharist
The Rt Reverend William H. Stokes, celebrant
Robin Wilson Broughton, soloist
The business meeting of the Diocesan ECW will begin immediately following the Eucharist
Deacon Trisha Thorme will speak on the Diocese's Sustainable Goals Task Force's efforts to combat trafficking, followed by a catered lunch.
Upcoming Youth Events
Friday, April 28 7:00 PM -
Sunday, April 30 4:00 PM
9th through 12th Graders
$75 per person
Murray Grove Camp and Retreat Center
Lanoka Harbor, NJ
Grace-St. Paul's, Mercerville
This workshop emphasizes understanding racism, learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities, undoing internalized racial oppression, and understanding the role of organizational gate keeping as a mechanism to perpetuate institutional racism.