The Season of Lent at St. Andrew’s

On Ash Wednesday, February 18, we begin a wonderful time of spiritual refreshment and renewal. We call it Lent. It is not for gloom and groveling but rather to straighten up our spiritual houses, to open the windows of our hearts and souls to let in some fresh air, to remember and grow in faith, in mercy, and in God’s purpose for our lives.
Our Lenten formation class will be on forgiveness (see the course description on our web site). We will also have a Lenten devotional booklet, and Fr. Martin’s usual invitation to read one of the Gospels or to regularly read in the Psalms.
Some may choose to worship more regularly on Sundays or at our Wednesday Noon service. Others may commit themselves to serve in ministries from Altar Guild and Sunday School to Food Bank and Coffee Hour. Still others should consider a more regular habit of prayer and meditation.
As Fr. Martin recently wrote: “I encourage you to take on some Lenten practice or discipline in order to observe this Lenten time and season: God is faithful, and when we turn our hearts and attention to God, God will meet us where we are. So let us enter into and observe this Lenten gift, that we ‘may come to the fullness of grace’ which God prepares for us. Now is the time.”

(Lord,) You bid your faithful people cleanse their hearts,
and prepare with joy for the Paschal feast; that,
fervent in prayer and in works of mercy,
and renewed by your Word and Sacraments,
they may come to the fullness of grace
which you have prepared for those who love you.
(Book of Common Prayer, p. 379)

Adapted from Fr. Martin’s article in the February Tartan