Lent At St. George's by the River Episcopal Church

Seasonal Liturgical Rotation for Lent

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There are no flowers used at either altar.

A “Lenten Array” is used for altar frontal panels, clergy stoles, and hangings on the Lectern and Pulpit.

Silver communion vessels and alms basins are replaced with wood, ceramic, and glass items.

We neither sing nor speak “alleluia” throughout Lent.

We use a penitential order of worship, including the Decalogue (Ten Commandments), the confession/absolution and the Kyrie, (“Lord have mercy,”) in procession at the beginning of the service.

The Gloria in excelsis/Song of Praise is not used again until Easter.

The Blessing is replaced by a “Solemn Prayer over the People” (from The Book of Occasional Services).

The final hymn is sung “in place” and followed by a silent retiring procession of the choir and clergy.

There is no Postlude. The congregation is requested to leave the nave in silence.

Lent 2017 :“Caring for Your Soul”

Ash Wednesday Worship (March 1):

Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes at:

7:00 am (spoken)

Noon – Healing Service

4:00 pm – especially suitable for families; with music & choir

7:30 pm (spoken)

Additional Lenten Liturgies:

Evening Prayer 6:00 pm: Monday - Friday

Holy Eucharist with Healing: Wednesdays, 12:00 pm

Saturday “Come As You Are” Service 5:00 pm March 18th, 25; April 1st.

Saturday, March 11th, and Saturday, April 8th, 5:00 pm: Pet Friendly Worship with Holy Eucharist

Guest Preachers

Please plan to join us for worship on Saturdays or Sundays in Lent. Our preachers will be: Meredith Johnsen, Donna Devlin, Glenn Van Leet, and the Clergy

Adult Education:

“Soul Keeping”; Fridays 9 am and Sundays, 11:30 am. Recommended Reading: (found in the Narthex) Mere Christianity by C.S Lewis, Daily Lenten Devotional Pamphlets

Solemn Communion Classes:

Begins with Parent Information Meeting in the Church following the 10 am service on Sunday, February 26th

Newcomer’s Class

Saturday, 3/11, 11:00am to 1:00pm. Lunch served.

Prayer/Discernment Breakfast:

Saturday, 3/18. 9-10:30 am, Ralph Hall

Lenten Food and Personal Products Drive:

March 1 – April 14

As we have done in the past, St. George’s will hold a non-perishable food drive during the season of Lent. Red Chuck Wagons are located in the Narthex and in Ralph Hall for the deposit of your generous donations of food.

40 ideas for keeping a Holy Lent

Day 1: Pray for your enemies

Day 2: Go to Evening Prayer at St. George’s

Day 3: Don’t turn on the car radio

Day 4: Walk, carpool, bike or bus it.

Day 5: Observe 5 minutes of silence at noon

Day 6: Look out the window until you find something of beauty you had not noticed before

Day 7: Give 5 items of clothing to Goodwill

Day 8: Plan to attend St. G.’s Pet Friendly Worship

Day 9: Do someone else’s chore

Day 10: Buy a few $5 fast food gift cards to give to homeless people you encounter

Day 11: Read a chapter of Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Day 12: Pray the Paper (pray for people and situations in today’s news)

Day 13: Read Psalm 139 http://bible.oremus.org

Day 14: Pay a few sincere compliments

Day 15: Bring your own mug

Day 16: Educate yourself about human trafficking

Day 17: Forgive someone

Day 18: Do a one day fast from technology

Day 19: Change one light in your house to a LED

Day 20: Plan to attend a Wed. noon Healing Service at St. G’s

Day 21: Ask for help

Day 22: Tell someone what you are grateful for

Day 23: Introduce yourself to a neighbor

Day 24: Read Psalm 121 http://bible.oremus.org

Day 25: Bake a cake

Day 26: No shopping day

Day 27: Light a virtual candle


Day 28: Light an actual candle

Day 29: Write a thank you note to your favorite teacher

Day 30: Invest in canvas shopping bags

Day 31: Use Freecycle www.freecycle.org

Day 32: Donate art supplies to your local elementary school

Day 33: Read John 8:1-11 http://bible.oremus.org

Day 34: Worship at a friend’s mosque, synagogue or church

Day 35: Confess a secret

Day 36: No sugar day

Day 37: Give $20 to a local non-profit

Day 38: Educate yourself about a saint www.catholic.org/saints

Day 39: Pray for peace

Day 40: Decide which of these exercises you’ll keep for good

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