This Week as Lent Begins…

Good day, everyone!  First let me share a resource with you in case you are interested…I’m participating in the Society of Saint John the Evangelist’s Lenten program called “Growing a Rule of Life.”  They’ll send to your email a daily video and exercise to help you “regularize” your life and enable you to draw closer to God. Here is the link where you can sign up: https://www.ssje.org/growrule/

Monday, March 4th is the deanery ACW board meeting at Holy Trinity, SSM; 7pm

Tuesday, March 5th are the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Suppers. Check out our deanery website, under “Recent Posts”, for your nearest location: https://algomadeanery.com/

Wednesday, March 6th is Ash Wednesday. I’m sure your parish will have a liturgy…

Thursday, March 7th is the White Elephant at Holy Trinity, SSM (352 Northern Ave.); 10:30am-1pm.

Saturday, March 9th is the psalm workshop and retreat at Holy Trinity, SSM, 10am – 2pm. That information is on our deanery website too. 🙂

Saturday is also the St. Luke’s Junior Girls’ and Boys’ Auxiliaries, 12-1:30pm.

For Your Devotions:

Monday, March 4th is the commemoration of John and Charles Wesley, Priests and Evangelists, died 1791 and 1788.  John was the 15th and Charles the 18th (Wow!) child of Samuel Wesley. Samuel was an Anglican clergyman and his wife was a Puritan. You may think of John and Charles as belonging to a different denomination (Methodist) but they were both singularly loyal to the Church of England. They began a movement that strictly adhered to the worship and discipline (“method”) of the Prayer Book. They unnerved some conservative Anglicans with their conversion experiences, evangelical style, and ignoring of parish boundaries. We probably are all more familiar with Charles since we see his name pop up regularly as author of many of our hymns…He wrote over 6000 hymns!  For more info:  https://standingcommissiononliturgyandmusic.org/2011/03/03/march-3-john-and-charles-wesley/

Thursday, March 7th is the memorial of Perpetua and her Companions, Martyrs at Carthage, 202. In a time when Christians were persecuted for their beliefs, they stood firm in their faith. I’ve read accounts of their deaths on a number of occasions and, each time I do, I feel humbled and amazed by their bravery and dignity and trust in God as they faced horrific deaths. One such account (much of it in Perpetua’s own words) is here:   http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/117.html

Friday, March 8th is the commemoration of Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln, Educator and Pastor, died 1910. Edward is known for his commitment to pastoral care and the personal example he set for everyone around him, particularly his students. He believed that preaching was only effective if rooted in the personal care – through prayer and visitation – of every parishioner. Here is part of what he wrote: “If you are to preach, you must make up your minds that you are sent, and sent by God. Without the gift of love, you will never be a preacher.”  To read more:   http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/118.html

Saturday, March 9th is the memorial of Gregory of Nyssa, Bishop, Teacher of the Faith, died about 395. Okay….Church Geek Alert…Gregory is one of my favourites. 🙂  Gregory was one of the three Cappadocian Fathers which also included his brother, Basil the Great, and his friend, Gregory of Nazianzus. Gregory and the others were instrumental in arguing against the Arians (who believed Jesus was a creature subordinate to God and thus, not God). In so doing, they established the place of the Holy Spirit in the Trinity as well. Gregory is well-known for his mystical writings in which he emphasizes that the spiritual life is not one of static perfection but one of constant progress. For more:  https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Gregory-of-Nyssa

I hope that you have a prayerful Lenten journey in which you draw closer to God and renew your sense of purpose as a disciple baptized into the body of Christ.

Susan

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