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SUNDAY MORNING
8:00 am Holy Eucharist Rite I - Quiet Service

9:15 am Nursery Care

9:15 am Church School (except second Sunday of every month when all children join their parents for church rather than reporting for Church School.  The children have a wonderful opportunity to take part in the service through music and readings.)


9:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
-Family Service with choir, music and child care

10:45 am Adult Forum (see "Adult Ed" tab above) (September through mid-May)

Refreshments follow both Services

Click the Calendar button for times and locations of weekday and other Special Services.

Need a ride to church? Please call the parish office during the week at 215.699.9204

 
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Shrove Tuesday, (2/9) 

Pancake Supper has been rescheduled

 

 

In the interests of safety (especially since it's our Youth who prepare and serve the dinner), this evening's Pancake Supper has been cancelled so that we don't bring folks out in potentially unsafe driving conditions.

 

Stack of pancakes with syrup We have rescheduled 

for this coming Sunday, following the 9:30 worship service (approximately 10:45 am). If you dont already have tickets, they may be bought on Sunday.  Adults $4, children 3, with a maximum of $15 per family.

 


 

 

 

 

The Season of Lent

Worship, Study & Devotional Opportunities + + +

+ Ash Wednesday, February 10th

        Receiving ashes on our foreheads as a reminder of our mortality serves as a prelude to the gift of eternal life promised us in Christ’s resurrection. A number of opportunities to receive ashes will be offered at . . .

     Church of the Messiah – 7:00 am, 12:00 noon, 7:30 pm

     Local retirement communities:   Brittany Pte. – 9:00 am

                                                                         Foulkeways – 10:30 am

                                                                         Meadowood – 2:00 pm

+ Lenten Devotionals

Many people find it helpful to follow the discipline of reading a daily Scripture verse, meditation and prayer throughout the season. A variety of pamphlets and materials are available in the narthex.

+ Tuesday Evenings, 7:00pm

Stations of the Cross and Holy Eucharist

+February 16 and 23; March 1, 8 and 15

Through meditations and prayers written by the Rector, we will walk Christ’s Passion. The final station leads us to stand at the foot of the cross and the altar where we will celebrate the Eucharist.

+ March 22 – Mary’s Way of the Cross

Walk the Stations of the Cross with a series of meditations and intercessions through the eyes of Jesus’ mother.

 

+ Wednesdays – 11:00am-12:30pm & 7:00-8:30pm

Rector’s Study: Overview of the Old Testament

February 17:  Book of Judges, Part I

February 24:  Book of Judges, Part II

March 2:  Samuel & Saul

March 9:  King David

March 16:  King Solomon & Pre-classical Prophecy

 

It’s not too late to join us as we review the history of God’s People as recorded in the books of the Old Testament. Next year (fall 2016 through spring 2017), we will cover the Gospels, epistles and other books contained in the New Testament. And in the fall of 2017, we are looking to sponsor a pilgrimage to Israel to visit and worship at the historical sites where these events we will have studied took place and have been remembered for centuries.

+ Dates       Lent, the 40-day period preceding Easter, begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with the celebrations on Easter Day. The final week before Easter is called Holy Week, with special services between Palm Sunday and Holy Saturday. (NOTE: Sundays are not counted within the 40 days because every Sunday is a ‘little Easter,’ commemorating the Resurrection.)

+ Theme     Retreating into the Wilderness & Preparing to Receive God’s Grace: In the 40 days of Lent, Christians imitate Moses and the ancient Israelites’ 40-year wandering in the desert before entering the Promised Land; and Jesus’ withdrawal into the desert for 40 days following his baptism.

+ Color        If liturgical colors are used, decorations are purple, the traditional color reserved for royalty, for the Church is preparing to receive our risen King. Other options include: ‘the Lenten array,’ draping the altar in unbleached muslin; or, as much as possible, eliminating color completely, symbolic of the arid starkness of the desert experience.

+ Lent        is a season of soul-searching and repentance, a time for reflection and taking stock. Originating in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, Lent was a period when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. All Christian denominations (Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Episcopal, Lutheran) having a continuous history extending before 1500 C.E. observe Lent in various ways.

+ Spiritual Disciplines for this period have traditionally included: penitential prayer and confession; scripture reading and study; fasting; and almsgiving. These disciplines are helpful in preparing the individual believer to receive the wondrous gift of Our Risen Lord at Easter.

 

 

 

   

 

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