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We are well into our Lenten journey. Our theme for lent is Lord, Teach Us to Pray. It will be the theme of our preaching, and the theme of the Rector’s Lenten Forum series. How can it be otherwise, when we begin our services of Holy Communion with this beautiful prayer of Thomas Cranmer, the author of our first Prayer Book:

Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

We will also return to Morning Prayer for at least part of Lent. Our 8:30am services will pray the 1928 Morning Office each Sunday, except when Holy Communion is offered on Lent IV. And, the 10:30am service will pray a more contemporary version of the Morning Office on Lent IV. All of our services will be more penitential in nature, beginning with Confession, and more reverent participation by all of God's people in the liturgy.

This Sunday, the Rev. Deacon Cindy Hillger will be preaching, the sermon Soul Searching, based on John 4:5-42 (

Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Pick up your copy of our Lenten Prayer Guide, created by our Minister to Youth & Families, MerLynne Byrne. The Season of Lent is a time to reflect on the life and death of Jesus Christ. This booklet will help you center your own preparation for the season, it contains:

Prayer Guides -- thoughtful words, prayers and ideas to help you center on prayer.

Scripture--For each of the Sundays in Lent, with daily readings for Holy Week.

Hymns--The contemplative hymns of Lent and Holy Week.

Pick yours up on Sunday!

Rector's Lenten Forum Series

Lord teach Us to Pray, Sundays in Lent at 9:30AM in the Sam Cook Room.

Strategic Planning Update:

Thanks to everyone for providing input into the research phase of the strategic planning process. Whether it was through filling out a survey or a pew card, adding your voice to a forum or focus group ,or writing on a wall—you’ve been heard! And you have a chance to really get your detailed thoughts captured in this final part of the research phase!

Keep an eye on the wall outside the Sam Cook Room and the weekly mailings for updates on progress; and please continue to share your input/ideas with members of the Committee. We look forward to sharing the plan with you later this Spring! The Strategic Planning Committee: Michelle Striggow, Char Hovi, Aimee Guidera, John Culliton, Jeff Breazeale.

Anchor here:

Your faith; Your family; Your values.

The Mission of St. Martin’s by the Lake

Because we believe the Gospel transforms, renews and changes lives, St. Martin’s by the Lake is a vibrant Christian community welcoming all to Worship our God, Grow our Faith and Love our world.

Worship Services

8:30am Classic Prayer Book Worship

Morning Prayer, first Sunday of every month

10:30am Inter-Generational Worship

*Nursery coverage 8:15-11:45

With every blessing,


Anchor here, your faith, your family, your values!

“We have this hope as a sure and steadfast anchor for the soul.” Hebrews 6:19

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