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Lent & Easter at St. Andrew's

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and is a season of preparation leading up to the celebration of Easter and Christ's resurrection. Come join us at St. Andrew's as we observe a holy Lent.

Please note that due to road closures for the One City Marathon on Sunday, March 1 - the first Sunday of Lent - we will have ONE service only on Sunday, March 1 at 4 p.m.

Worship Services and Special Events

shrove tuesShrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
February 25, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper! The Fishermen men's group will serve pancakes, sausage and baked apples. Cost is $5 per person with a $20 family maximum. What's Shrove Tuesday and why do we eat pancakes? Click here to find out.

Ash Wednesday Services
February 26
Services at 7:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Holy Week Services
April 5, Palm Sunday - services at 8 and 10:30 a.m.
April 9, Maundy Thursday - service at 7:00 p.m.
April 10, Good Friday - Stations of the Cross at 12 noon, Good Friday service at 7 p.m.

An Invitation to Confession
Reconciliation of a Penitent is available at all times, but in Lent and particularly during Holy Week, it is customary for clergy to encourage interested parishioners to partake of the rite in preparation for Easter. Click here to learn more about Reconciliation of a Penitent and how you can include this rite in your Easter preparations.

easter crossEaster Day Services
Easter Day is April 12. There will be a Sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at Hilton Pier - this will be a combined service with First United Methodist Church. (In case of rain, the sunrise service will be held at St. Andrew's) Easter services at St. Andrew's will be at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt
Easter morning, April 12, at 9:15 a.m. Bring a basket to collect your eggs! For all ages, tiny through tall. (In case of rain, the Easter Egg Hunt will be held in the basement classrooms.)

Special Programs During Lent

Wednesdays in Lent
"Wednesdays in Lent" begin on March 4 and continue each Wednesday through April 1. You're invited to join us each Wednesday for all or just some of these events:

  • 7:30 a.m. Lenten Service
  • 8 a.m. Breakfast
  • 11 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Healing
  • 7 p.m. - Lenten Series: Toxic Charity

Wednesday Evening Series: Toxic Charity
Wednesdays, March 4 through April 1, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Includes a simple supper.
This five-week book study of Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It), will be led by the Rev. Anne Kirchmier and the Rev. Marc Vance. The book's author, Robert D. Lupton, is a Christian community developer who has lived and worked in inner-city Atlanta for 40 years. He persuasively questions the effectiveness of most well-intentioned “outreach” efforts. Christianity Today’s review of Toxic Charity includes this quote: “Lupton says hard things that need to be said…  If we accept rather than resist his critique, the poor and non-poor will both be better off.” Lent is certainly a timely season for us to engage in hearing and discussing hard things that need to be said—and to the kind of self-reflection that will make us better ministers to those in need. This book study will offer opportunities for both. There are some copies of Toxic Charity available in the church office. You can also purchase it on amazon.com for about $11.

Sunday Morning Series: Signs of Life
Sundays, beginning March 1 through April 5

Worship engages our deepest human needs and has the power to transform our lives. In this series, we will join the Brothers of Society of St. John the Evangelist in exploring the signs and symbols at the heart of Christian worship. The five-week series encourages us to explore the riches of our worship traditions, liturgy and sacraments, and the art and architecture of our worship spaces, revealing the full meaning of these signs, deepening our experience of Christian vocation and guiding us toward ongoing conversion. Learn more here.

Lenten resources

On a table in the Main Street Lobby you will find a variety of Lenten resources.If you have not already received one, please pick up a copy of the 2020 Lenten calendar, Anne’s Lenten gift to everyone. Lent begins on February 26, and the calendar helps us to walk through the season together. In addition to the Lenten calendar, you might find the Episcopal Relief & Development Lenten booklet, a companion resource.There are also mite boxes, which are for our Lenten sacrificial offering. These should be returned to the church on Easter Day (April 12). The offering will go to Episcopal Relief & Development.

Stations of the Cross - The Stations of the Cross depict the final hours, or Passion, of Jesus. See St. Andrew's beautiful Stations of the Cross here.

Lent Madness - from Forward Movement; this is a fun and unique Lenten program that is a great way to learn about the women and men of the Church's Calendar of Saints.

Writing as a Spiritual Practice, as taught by Kathy Staudt, Adjunct Professor of Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary.

5 Marks of Love - A six-week journey of reflection on the Anglican Marks of Mission from Society of St. John the Evangelist. Sign up and receive a very short video reflection by email throughout Lent.

Growing a Rule of Life - A six-week journey of reflection on growing a rule of life from Society of St. John the Evangelist. Sign up and receive a very short video reflection by email throughout Lent.

Deepen your practice of Silence - Br. James Koester, SSJE, offers a guide.

Integrating Prayer into Daily Life - Brothers Luke and Keith from SSJE offer tips in this 30-minute video.

The Importance of Giving Something Up for Lent

Guiding Teenagers in Lent: Give Up on Giving Up?

This Lent, Add Instead of Subract

Create a Lenten Prayer Space at Home


An Invitation to a Lenten Practice of Stillness

Dear friends,

Lent is a gift.  The Church gives us this season to prepare ourselves for the miracle and glory of Easter.  In our corporate worship, we forego flowers; we refrain from saying “Alleluia;” our music is more somber; we adorn the altar in purple.  We do those things to remind ourselves of the season we have entered, the Church’s time of solemn preparation for the joy heading our way.

As individuals, we often mark Lent by changing our habits:  giving something up (chocolate?  Facebook? negative speech?) and/or by taking on a new practice (daily Bible reading? additional worship? meditative walks?).  Whatever we choose, the purpose is to draw us closer to God by refocusing our attention and making more space in our lives and our hearts.

One way to make more space for Jesus in our lives and in our hearts is to hold still and simply listen.  But in our busy lives and noisy world, those things can be hard to do.  This Lent, therefore, I invite you to join me in a practice of keeping silence together in our sanctuary prior to Sunday morning worship.  Let us offer ourselves and one another the gift of peace and stillness, making space for private prayer and reflection in those quiet moments. 

In I Kings 19, Elijah stands on the mountain waiting for God, whom he finds not in the wind or earthquake or fire but only after sheer silence.  May our intentional hush of silence prior to worship this season be a place where we, too, will encounter God. 


What is Lent?

Early Christians observed "a season of penitence and fasting" in preparation for the Paschal feast, or Pascha (BCP, pp. 264-265). The season now known as Lent (from an Old English word meaning "spring," the time of lengthening days) has a long history. Originally, in places where Pascha was celebrated on a Sunday, the Paschal feast followed a fast of up to two days. In the third century this fast was lengthened to six days. Eventually this fast became attached to, or overlapped, another fast of forty days, in imitation of Christ's fasting in the wilderness. The forty-day fast was especially important for converts to the faith who were preparing for baptism, and for those guilty of notorious sins who were being restored to the Christian assembly. In the western church the forty days of Lent extend from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, omitting Sundays. The last three days of Lent are the sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Today Lent has reacquired its significance as the final preparation of adult candidates for baptism. Joining with them, all Christians are invited "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" (BCP, p. 265).

Last Published: February 21, 2020 1:51 PM