Lent 2018

Noted below are offerings for the Lenten season to aid parishioners in the keeping of the holy season and in the renewal of faith in preparation for Easter.

Ash Wednesday Services

Ash Wednesday services were held in the nave at 12:10 PM and at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, February 14. The 4:15 PM service at Lanier Village Estates also included the Imposition of Ashes.

Ecumenical Wednesday Service/Lunch

At noon each Wednesday in Lent, we gather with members of other churches in our community for worship and a light lunch. (Suggested donation is $5.) Community leaders will share reflections during the service. Barbara Brooks, City Councilperson in Gainesville, will offer a reflection on Wednesday, February 21 when the service is hosted at Grace Church.  Please note that there will be no 12:10 PM service in our chapel during Lent.

  • February 21: Grace Episcopal
  • February 28: First Baptist
  • March 7: St. Paul Methodist
  • March 14: First Methodist
  • March 21: First Presbyterian

Lenten Compline

The choir will offer a sung service of Compline at 7:00 PM on Sunday, February 25. This short contemplative candle-lit service will be the perfect way to close your day.

Lent at Home

A collection of resources that will help us reflect on our lives and our relationship with God during the season of Lent can be found over on our blog. How will you take Lent home?

Lenten Quiet Day

Have you ever wished to deepen your relationship with God? To experience a warm friendship with God? Maybe even fall in love with God – again – or for the very first time?  If so, please come join us on our Lenten Quiet Day to take some time to reflect and ground yourself into Lent. Our time together will be "filled" with silence and with resources available for your use or just provide you time to reflect and deepen your relationship with God. The Quiet Day will take place in the Parish Hall from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Saturday, February 17. Child care will not be available.   

Chapel Open

The chapel is open for personal quiet time, prayer, and meditation from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday through Thursday. A booklet will be available to guide those who wish to pray the daily office of Morning, Noonday, or Evening Prayer.

Laying on of Hands for Healing

Each Sunday in Lent, at the 10:45 AM worship service, members of the Ministries of Compassion team are stationed in the side aisles for those who would like to receive laying on of hands for healing, or a prayer for someone else.

Mite Boxes

Mite Boxes invite us to make available during Lent some of our treasure for the relief of our needy neighbors. This is done by placing money in the box on a regular basis throughout the season. Baskets for receiving filled boxes will be available on Easter Day. Money received will be forwarded to Episcopal Relief and Development to support projects assisting the needy in this and other countries.

Leave Prayers at the Cross

The cross that is used for flowering on Easter morning is being used to hold our Lenten burdens. Stop by the cross, located in the Greeting Area (after Ash Wednesday), and write down a prayer or worry on a slip of paper provided. Then roll it up and place it in the cross. Smaller children may draw a picture, but need not write anything at all. The simple act of thinking a prayer and rolling up the paper is similar to lighting a candle in prayer. On Easter morning these prayers will be taken out and replaced with flowers.

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