In a hectic world, finding time to work on our relationship with God can be difficult. Whether work, family, friends, or any of the myriad ways life distracts us, it is easy to let our spiritual life fall away. Every year on Ash Wednesday, we are invited to seek spiritual growth during the season of Lent. This is a perfect opportunity for us to break from the distractions of life and focus on renewing our spirits in God.
Below are multiple opportunities for engaging a new or renewed spiritual discipline for the season of Lent. They have been broken up into approximate time commitments to help with deciding which of these disciplines you would like to take on. Join the community of Saint Mark’s in the observance of a holy Lent.
5-10 Minutes a Day
20-30 Minutes a Day
5-10 Minutes a Week
20-30 Minutes a Week
60 Minutes a Week
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, 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.”
Book of Common Prayer
ERD Lenten Meditations
Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) 2018 Lenten Meditations booklets will be available outside the chapel. Pick one up to guide you spiritually through this Lenten season. Great if you have 5 minutes to read a daily meditation.
Learn about the saints recognized by the Church in a fun way, loosely based on the NCAA basketball tournament of a similar name. Great if you have 5-10 minutes a day to read about the saints and vote on which ones you think should advance to the next round.
Pray as You Go
A daily prayer and meditation resource. Great if you have 10 minutes a day to listen to a prerecorded meditation based on Scripture. Can be accessed by website and Android/iOS app.
The Daily Office from Mission St. Clare
A resource for doing the Daily Office (Morning, Noonday, and Evening Prayer, and Compline) as found in the BCP. Great if you have 20-30 minutes a day. Can be accessed by website and iOS app.
The Bible Project
A non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. Great if you have 5-10 minutes to watch a video. Can be accessed by website.
Ancient Faith – Open Minds
The ancient tradition of Morning Prayer will be led Wednesdays at 8:00 am at Saint Mark’s in the Chapel of Reconciliation. These services will be live streamed on our Facebook Page.
The bulletin for Morning Prayer can be found here.
The online Book of Common Prayer can be found here.
On Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm, explore the art and process of decorating a Ukrainian Easter egg, which is called a “pysanka”. These eggs, or psyanky, are decorated with motifs and colors with deep, symbolic meaning, such as wishes of love, protection, fecundity, or peace, are created to be given to family members and respected outsiders. Decorating pysanky is a multi-step, contemplative process most appropriate for ages 8 and up with adult supervision. Please sign-up on the Fellowship Kiosk so that we know how many supplies to have available. For more information contact the office.
Meeting God in Paul
On Wednesday evenings starting around 6:15 p.m. as part of Wednesdays at St Mark’s, Dan Morton will lead a study during Lent and on into Easter season of the book “Meeting God in Paul” by Rowan Williams, former archbishop of Canterbury. This is a very good, short, creative, surprising, non-technical, and understandable introduction to the letters and teaching of St Paul. We invite those interested to purchase the book ($7.60 on Amazon).