There are traditionally forty days in Lent which are marked by fasting, both from foods and festivities, and by other acts of penance. The three traditional practices to be taken up with renewed vigor during Lent are prayer (justice towards God), fasting (justice towards self), and almsgiving (justice towards neighbor). Today, some people give up something they enjoy, and often give the time or money spent doing that thing to charitable purposes or organizations. Lent is a season of sorrowful reflection that is punctuated by breaks in the fast on Sundays (the day of the resurrection); thus, Sundays are not counted in the forty days of Lent. (Wikipedia)
It is important to not only mark Lent with fasting, prayer and almsgiving, but also to take time to feed our souls and prepare our hearts to receive the resurrected Lord. At St. Peter’s this Lent, we have a number of opportunities for parishioners and friends to join in for reflection, worship, and learning.
Home Materials: Starting on February 23, booklets, meditations and devotionals will be available for purchase in the narthex. These items cost between $1 and $3.00 and are an inexpensive and easy way to mark Lent in your own home.
Ash Wednesday, February 26: At 9:15 am Imposition of Ashes will be offered to the guests and volunteers at the Deacon’s Cupboard. Services will be held at 10:00 am and 7:00 pm in the church. The morning service will be a solemn said time of Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes. The evening service will be Choral Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes.
Wednesdays in Lent (March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1)
At 2:00 pm join The Rev. Jim Ferry for Doctrine of Discovery. Using the Anglican Church of Canada Study guides and a film, we will explore the profound impact European explorers had on the indigenous peoples of North America and the role the church has played in this sad history. Cost is $10 for the study guide.
A simple said communion service will be held at 7:00 pm. Drop in for a half hour of connection with God through this Holy Sacrament.
Thursdays in Lent (March 5, 12, 19, 26 and April 2)
Join us for worship in the church at 10:00 am. After a celebration of Eucharist, we will have a discussion at 10:30 am in the Parish Hall. “Ancestors: Heroes, Villains and Everyday folks we can learn from” is an adult study presented by the clergy of the parish. We will explore Biblical ancestors, and people we have loved who have helped us to grow in faith. We will work on what legacy of faith we will leave behind.
Then, at 11:45 am stay for a bowl of soup and hearty bread (the cost for lunch is $5/person). At 12:15 pm the Organ Recital will begin in the church. People can participate in any or all of these events.
Youth in grade 5 and up are invited to our annual Maundy Thursday Vigil taking place from 7:00 pm April 9 until 9:00 am Friday April 10. We will spend time learning about Holy Week, making crafts, playing games, watching movies, spending time in the vigil in the church, praying together and having fun. The cost is $10.
Holy Week Services:
Palm Sunday – April 5 at 8:00, 9:15 and 11:00 am
During the weekday mornings we hope you will join us at local long term care and retirement homes where we will gather as the church to celebrate communion. Some parking is available at all of the locations, carpooling would be a good idea. Please ask Rev. Maria Nightingale for directions.
Monday April 6 – 11:00 am Holy Communion at Parkland on the Glen (next to the Glenerin Inn)
7:00 pm – Stations of the Cross (St. Peter’s Churchyard)
Tuesday April 7 – 2:00 pm at Amica Erin Mills
7:00 pm – Holy Communion in the church
Wednesday April 8 – 11:00 am at Erin Mills Lodge
7:00 pm – Holy Communion in the church
Maundy Thursday (April 9)
7:00 pm – Service with Foot Washing and Last Supper in the church
The “Watch” – join in anytime from 8:15 pm to 9:00 am for private prayer and sit in silence to keep watch with Christ. A sign up sheet will be on the bulletin board.
Good Friday (April 10) 9:15 am – Family Service
10:15 am – Stations of the Cross
11:15 am – Solemn Liturgy
Easter Celebrations (April 12)
7:00 am, 9:00 am and 11:00 am.