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Lent 2015

It’s time to…Stop, Pray, Work, Play & Love this Lent

Sunday mornings, February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22 at 8:45 am

So much of our stress and anxiety derives from our pollution of Time. God has given us the gift of time, and called it holy, yet we often experience time as a curse. Join us on Sunday mornings as we watch a series of short videos over five weeks and examine ways to recapture time as a gift. We will learn from the Brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist and each other as we wrestle with questions of time and discover how to experience the joy of the present moment. Sign up here http://ssje.org/ssje/time/ and you can also receive the short videos delivered to your email daily during Lent. 

Give Us This Day: Lenten Reflections on Baking Bread and Discipleship

Wednesday evenings, February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 at 5:30 pm

All ages are welcome to join us on Wednesday nights for a simple supper and then to prepare different types of bread together and take time to reflect on bread baking, discipleship, and our Christian journey. We will explore Jesus’ radical table hospitality and shared bread as a sign of acceptance and welcome. Sign up to help provide the meal on the clipboard in the Parish Hall. 

Each week we will produce 3 loaves of bread for each participant/family to take home and bake– one for yourself, one for those you love, and one to give away. Over the five weeks we will prepare white bread, Armenian bread, cheese bread, Communion bread, and Challah. Our preparation will be interspersed with reflections and meditations from Give Us This Day: Lenten Reflections on Baking Bread and Discipleship by Christopher Levan and from other sources. Supplies needed: a large bowl, measuring spoons, and an apron.

March 4- Our Daily Bread - we will prepare the dough for a simple white bread and reflect on what daily bread means in our lives. What are the things that nourish us? How much is enough? 

March 11 - Bread as Acceptance - as we make the dough for a delicious cheese bread we will talk about how Jesus used common meals as a visible and tangible sign of acceptance and welcome. 

March 18 - Bread of Heaven - this week we will prepare a simple Communion bread recipe and reflect on what it means to us to come to  God's table together each week.

March 25 - Bread and Celebration - we will prepare the dough for Challah, a Jewish festival bread, and reflect on Holy Week and how the four gospels narrate the days following Good Friday and each enter the mystery and miracle of the Resurrection.