Season of Lent 2024

News | February 15, 2024

Rings of Faith: Connections between play & purpose
The St. Paul community of faith gathers for worship services and meal fellowship on five Lenten Wednesdays, Feb. 21 – March 20.

Wednesdays in Lent
Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 21
▶ Noontime Worship | 12 noon-12:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Breathe deeply in the midst of your workday for these contemplative noontime gatherings. Half-hour services include music, silence, a pastoral reflection, and Holy Communion centered on the same themes as Wednesday evenings.

▶ Suppers | 5:30-6:55 p.m. in Fellowship Hall
A hungry throng gathers each Lenten Wednesday for catered meals, planned with busy folks in mind. You won’t need a reservation. Just bring your freewill donation to help cover the per-plate cost ($8/person or $25/family is suggested). Those inspired to contribute more are welcome to do so (actual food costs are 20-percent higher).

▶ Adult learning | 5:30-6:15 p.m. in Lower Commons
This discussion will focus each week on the book We Survived the End of The World: Lessons from Native America on Apocalypse and Hope by Steven Charleston. Pandemics and war, social turmoil, natural disasters and environmental collapse – it’s hard not to watch the signs of the times and feel afraid. But we can learn from others who have journeyed through that fear to find hope and purpose. Pastor Peter A. Pettit leads in the Lower Commons. The book is available in the Book Corner for $21.75.

▶ Confirmation | 6:30-7:35 p.m.
Teenagers will meet onsite in Lower Commons for games, a brief Bible study, small group discussion, and Lenten worship each week.

▶ Evening Worship | 7-7:35 p.m., Sanctuary
The beautiful Holden Evening Prayer liturgy fills the Sanctuary on Wednesday nights in Lent. Rings of Faith: Connections Between Play and Purpose is the unifying theme. Each week, discover common threads that connect play, sports, and our lives of faith. Children encouraged to worship; childcare also available. Come, bless your winter-weary spirit. You’ll be on your way home by 7:35.

Choir rehearsals
All choirs will rehearse on Wednesdays during Lent. Children’s and Youth Choir will be from 6-6:45 p.m.; Chorale will gather from 6-6:55 p.m.

Special offerings: World Hunger
By providing immediate relief to those who are hungry, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) World Hunger organization meets basic needs and recognizes the universal human right to food. But ending hunger is about more than food. By connecting people with education, health care, and sources of income, long-term, sustainable change can be accomplished.
All midweek Lenten offerings at St. Paul will be given to fight hunger. St. Paul aims again to exceed $20,000. If you would like to make an additional Lenten offering toward this cause, please earmark your check memo line with “Lent — World Hunger.”

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