What Will You Try?

In our Ash Wednesday liturgy, The Book of Common Prayer invites each of us “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.”  This year, Luke, Kelly and Ian invite every member of St. Peter’s to especially focus on the “praying, reading, and meditating” of that litany with St. Peter’s Lenten Challenge 2018.

What is the challenge?  To open ourselves to God in this holy season by trying something new in the realm of worship or formation.  Ever worshiped in Grace Chapel on Wednesday evenings?  Have you participated in the Wednesday dinner and discussion series?  What about Thursday morning Bible Study?  The challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to open to the opportunity to experience God anew by trying something from the realm of worship or formation that you have never tried before.  The goal?  A deeper relationship with the One who, in the words of our Ash Wednesday liturgy, “created us out of the dust of the earth” and gives us everlasting life through the gracious gift of our Lord Jesus Christ.

What will you try?  Check out the possibilities below or on our “Lenten Challenge” poster in the Undercroft, or take a purple flyer from the Narthex or Welcome Table.

Going back to Luke’s sermon last Sunday, one opportunity is to engage in the practice of daily prayer, guided by one of two great resources:

2018 Lenten Meditations is a devotional guide offered by Episcopal Relief and Development.  Daily reflections by Anglican leaders from around the world focus on how children inform our spirituality.

Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John is a daily Lenten devotional series offered by the Society of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The monks of SSJE will even walk with you on the journey via a daily video reflection, which you may sign up to receive in your inbox each morning.

Copies of each devotional guide are in the Narthex and on the Welcome Table; please take one as you leave this morning.  If you find it difficult to come to St. Peter’s, you can still take part in the challenge – call the office and we will mail a devotional guide to you.

Join in the observance of a holy Lent by taking the Lenten Challenge.  What will you try?