LENT at St. Martin’s by-the-Lake Episcopal Church
Ash Wednesday and Lenten Worship
Lent begins tomorrow with Ash Wednesday and our service at 6:30pm here at the Church. The People of God will be invited, “in the name of the Church, 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.” Our Seminarian Dave Mowers will preach, and our children will have their own program downstairs joining the adults for Holy Communion.
Simple Faith: Building a Christian Life from the Ground Up
Sunday Worship during this period of six weeks—March 9th-April 13th—consists of “ordinary” Sunday worship and services of special observance. Unique features in each Sunday service:
8:30 am Classic Prayer Book Service:
We will use the Rite I Penitential Order and Holy Communion.
10:30 am Inter-generational Service:
We will use a Contemporary language version of the traditional Lenten Liturgy.
Children’s and Youth Faith Formation Time Changes
Starting in Lent, and running through Pentecost, our Children’s Godly Play program will have a new start time. Families are asked to have their children downstairs at 10:15am on Sunday in time to join the circle; children and their teachers will “re-enter” for Holy Communion at the Offertory. Our Youth and Confirmation Classes and Youth Group will move to Wednesday nights at 6:30pm starting March 12th.
The Alpha Course: Sundays at 5:00pm
St. Martin’s Alpha Course will be held on Sunday evenings at 5pm March 9th-April 27th. There is room for 24 participants, which means we have room for three more people. The Alpha course is a practical introduction to the Christian faith that gives seekers an opportunity to explore the meaning of life, and Christians a wonderful refresher of the faith. Alpha is fun, relaxed and totally non-pressured, which is why over 19 million people around the world have already done it. If you have any questions or to RSVP please contact the Church Office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rector’s Lenten Forum Series: Searching Issues from the Alpha Course
Our Sunday Forums during Lent will focus on the most commonly asked questions during the Alpha Course. Compiled by the Alpha Team at Holy Trinity Brompton Church, London, the questions we will seek to answer are: ‘Why Does God Allow Suffering?’, ‘Is There A Conflict Between Science and Christianity?’, ‘What About the New Spirituality?’, ‘Does Religion Do More Harm Than Good?’, ‘Is the Trinity Unbiblical, Unbelievable, and Irrelevant?’, and ‘Is Faith Irrational?’. The series will be led by Rev. Dave and a few special guests. Sundays, 9:30-10:20am