Weekly parish news and Sunday service information
Sunday, February 28
The Second Sunday in Lent
Masks and social distancing required for in-person attendance.
Holy Eucharist Rite I, 8 a.m.
In-person attendance for up to 25 worshippers
No advance signup required.
Facebook Live audio also available.
Holy Eucharist Rite II, 10 a.m.
In-person attendance for up to 25 worshippers
Please sign up in advance here.
Facebook Live at 10 a.m.
Worship Notes, Sunday, February 28
Fr. Ben Hankinson, officiating

Coffee Hour via Zoom, following the 10 a.m. service.

Communion station at 12 p.m. at Lower Level ramp entry off Hillsboro Ave.
Readings for February 28

  • Old Testament: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
  • Psalm 22:22-30
  • Epistle: Romans 4:13-25
  • Holy Gospel: Mark 8:31-38
The Holy Gospel | Mark 8:31-38

Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
Make Your Offering!
Schedule for the Week of February 28

  • Evening Prayer, Sunday, 7 p.m.+
  • Compline, Monday, 7 p.m.+
  • Noonday Prayer, Tuesday, 12:05 p.m.+
  • Noonday Prayer, Wednesday, 12:05 p.m.+
  • Keeping a Holy Lent Class via Zoom, Wednesday, 6 p.m. (Link)
  • Noonday Prayer, Thursday, 12:05 p.m.+
  • Morning Prayer, Friday, 9: a.m. +
  • Stations of the Cross, Friday, 12 Noon (Repeats until Good Friday)+
  • Week-End Update Newsletter, Saturday, delivered midday
+ Designates a Facebook Live service
Looking Ahead
  • Quilt Guild Challenge event, Friday/Saturday, March 5, 6 (Details below.)
  • Fr. Ben away, March 5 at 1 p.m. to March 10, 6 p.m.
  • Fr. David Boase, Celebrant, Sunday, March 7+
  • Palm Sunday, March 28, services at 8 and 10 a.m.+
  • Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Saturday, April 1, 2, 3.+
  • Easter Sunday, April 4, services at 8 and 10 a.m.+
  • Annual Meeting, first or second Sunday in May (tbd)
Lenten Observance: Stations of the Cross
During Lent, the Stations of the Cross are observed on Fridays at 12 noon via Facebook Live or in-person in the church nave. Last week images of the first six stations from Westminster Cathedral, UK were shared. These are the last six Westminster stations. Link
Station VII
Station VIII
Station IX
Station X
Station XI
Station XII



Lenten Observance: 40 Days & Sundays In Lent
 
Have you ever done the math on Lent, counting from Ash Wednesday until Easter? It isn't 40 days, but 46. So what's up with that? Well, there are six Sundays that fall in the season of Lent, but these days don't exactly count.
 
Yes, there are Sundays in Lent, and that is within the confines of the liturgical season. That means that we acknowledge them in the tone and manner of our worship. In the spirit of the season, we take up practices like the Penitential Order, the Decalogue, and the Exhortation.
 
Our Sundays are subdued celebrations, but they are celebrations, nonetheless, as we recall week by week the resurrection of the Lord. It may seem a small distinction at first glance, but Sundays are counted as “in” but not “of” Lent. They are not days of fasting and abstinence according to the Lenten disciplines. According to page 16 of the Book of Common Prayer, "All Sundays of the year are feasts of our Lord Jesus Christ."
 
For those who are undergoing a temporary discipline, giving up meat or chocolate for example, then it is appropriate to enjoy those on Sundays, though it is by no means required. For those who do choose to partake, it is worth noting that there is a difference between breaking the fast on Sundays and overindulging. Too much can just as easily spoil a feast as too little.
 
On the other hand, there are those who as a part of their Lenten journey undertake a new habit or discipline that requires a long-term commitment. For example, someone may choose to give up smoking. Such a breaking of the fast is likely detrimental to the goal, and it would seem wiser to stay the course even on Sundays.
 
In the end, feast days, including Sundays, are reminders to us that the purpose of Lent is not to be miserable but to be renewed as we reach the journey’s end. In our properly ordered enjoyment of the feast, we partake in the fullness of the fruits of our fast. Having submitted the body and will to discipline as a share in the cross of Christ, so too do we celebrate the freedom we have received by our faith in the resurrection.
-Fr. Ben+
Join the Diocese-Wide Lenten Book Study!

The Diocese of Springfield has invited parish members to join an online Lenten book club, led by Tim McNutt (Postulant, Episcopal Parish of Alton). The selection is The Deeply Formed Life by Rich Villodas, a call to pursue the deeper work of the Spirit as the Lord transforms us from within to the image of Jesus.
 
To enhance the shared reading experience, readers will join a private Facebook group page as a centering hub. On that page, they will be able to view a video trailer for the book along with links to other resources. With each successive Monday, there will be a reflective question generated by one of the various themes of the book: contemplative rhythms; interior examination; racial justice; sexual wholeness; and missional presence. See the related story in the recent issue of The Current.
Coming Soon! to a device screen near you. Undeterred by the pandemic, the valiant members of the St Andrew’s Quilt Guild proudly present: The 2021 COVID Can’t Stop Us Challenge Results. Look for more information in your inbox soon!
Notes
  • Emergency Relief to Texas - Episcopal Relief and Development is supporting the Episcopal dioceses of Dallas, Texas, and West Texas as they provide emergency relief to individuals and families impacted by the unprecedented ice storm, low temperatures, and power outages last week. Consider supporting the work of ERD with a donation. More.

  • Podcast: A Prayer in the Night, an interview with Tish Harrison Warren - This discussion "takes up the subjects of pain and grief, in all their opaqueness, in all their dailyness, and our vulnerability in the face of them. It also takes up the way pain can shut down the very things we need most when pain comes: prayer and a sense of God's presence.... It's about the things most if not all of us will go through in our lifetimes, whatever the state of the world around us: the loss of people we love, loneliness, tragedies that don't space themselves out politely but come in quick succession." Link

  • Join Trinity Church Wall Street for an online retreat on March 5 at 8 p.m. on their Facebook page. Click here. The focus is on the ways we’re called to “show up” for our neighbors and the world and how to discover that answering that call can break us open to new and greater insights.

  • Correction: The Reverend Dr. Hannah Steele, Director of St. Mellitus College in London, has written a book for Lenten Study titled "Living His Story: Revealing the Revolutionary Love of God." Designated Archbishop Welby's Lent book for 2021, it is available from the Christian bookstore. In a prior article, we incorrectly reported that the Archbishop was the book author. Link
A Prayer for the Beginning of Lent
Kimberly Knowle-Zeller

O Lord, here we are again.
 
The season of Lent.
That time of the year to dig deeper
To reach wider
To love stronger.
 
The season of Lent
That time to embrace death
To walk towards the cross
To humble ourselves
To pray, fast, and give our lives in service.
 
The season of Lent
A time to give up or to take on
A time to contemplate life and death
A time to face the realities of our broken world
A time to dance with the darkness.
 
The season of Lent.
 
In these days be with us.
Walk with us.
Inspire us.
Call us.
Motivate us.
 
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