Observing Lent, Holy Week and Easter
at the Church of Saint Clement
An invitation to the observance of a Holy Lent.
Dear People of God: From the early days of our faith, Christians have observed the remembrance of Christ’s passion and resurrection with great reverence. It became the custom to prepare for that observance by a season of prayer and fasting, and the reconciliation of those who had been separated from the community of faith. By keeping the season of Lent, we take to heart God’s call to repentance and the assurance of forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel, and practice in our daily lives the work of reconciliation. I invite you, therefore, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. To make a right beginning to this season it is appropriate to receive the mark of ashes as a reminder of our mortal nature and of God’s invitation to receive Christ’s redeeming work.
Ash Wednesday Service, March 6th, 12:00 PM
Ashes to Go from 8:00 to 9:00 AM at the School Entrance
Sunday Morning Services. 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM
(Nursery care available at 10:00 services)
Adult Forum. 9:00 Sunday Mornings, Children's Chapel
March 10th through April 7th
Return of the Prodigal Son - Henri Nouwen
On Sunday mornings during Lent we will study the book, The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen. Those who want to read and talk about the book will meet between services in the Children’s Chapel. According to one review of the book,
“In his reflection on [Rembrandt’s painting] in light of his own life journey, the author evokes the powerful drama of the parable in a rich, captivating way that is sure to reverberate in the hearts of readers. The themes of homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation will be newly discovered by all who have known loneliness, dejection, jealousy or anger.”
It is really a wonderful book, which will launch rich conversation and reflection. If you would like to participate please buy the book TODAY; it is available on Amazon.com. The class runs from Sunday, March 10 through Sunday, March 14.
Holy Week and Easter
Palm Sunday, April 14th, 8:00 and 10:00 AM
Maundy Thursday, April 18th
6:00 PM, Simply Supper
7:00 PM, Service: Sermon, Eucharist, Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar
Good Friday, April 19th
12:00 PM, Stations of the Cross
7:00 PM, Service with Communion from reserved Sacrament
Easter Sunday, April 21st, 8:00 AM & 10:00 AM
Easter Egg Hunt following the 10:00 AM Service
Lenten Wednesdays: The Way of Love
On Wednesdays during Lent, we will be joined by parishioners from Resurrection for a weekday Lenten offering.
After meeting for Eucharist at 12:00 PM, we will return to Marshall-Rutter Hall for soup and a special Lenten activity.
The series will be based on The Way of Love and be led by the Rev. Jo Belser (with help from others). We will paint, bake and perform.
For those not working during the day, this will be a wonderful opportunity to join our Episcopal neighbors for fellowship and learning. We hope to see many of you on Wednesdays!