St. Margaret's has a full range of activities this month

Because Easter falls so early this year, we do not get to tarry long in the season of Epiphany before Lent begins this month. That means this month is full of opportunities to enrich your journey with Jesus. We will be finishing our third book in the Reading with the Rector series right as Lent begins. In lieu of starting a new book during Lent, I encourage you to consider attending our deanery-wide Lenten series. The clergy of the deanery have planned an exciting series that will give us all a chance to learn together, to hear different clergy voices, and to get to know some of our fellow deanery members. I hope you will consider committing Wednesdays in Lent to your own growth and renewal.

We will also be holding a Lenten Quiet Morning this month. Time set aside for quiet is always a gift, and this year we will be utilizing our own church space and the reflections of a scholar to guide our own mediations. See the announcement in this edition of The Message for more details.

For those of you looking for a lighter Lenten discipline this year, we will be participating again in Lent Madness. Inspired by college basketball tournaments, Lent Madness pits 32 saints against each other in a bracket, as each saint seeks to win the coveted Golden Halo. Throughout Lent, fans vote for their favorite saints at Filling out a bracket is a fun way to learn about the saints of the church and enjoy a little competition with fellow parishioners. Look for brackets and “Saintly Scorecards” (write-ups on each saint) in the Narthex.

Finally, you will note some meaningful liturgical changes on Sundays that will enrich your Lenten journey. If you have fallen out of the practice of regular worship, or you have been meaning to invite a friend to church, please make a point to invite them during Lent for the joy of worship, study, and reflection. Ash Wednesday services are a powerful way to begin the season. We offer a midday service and an evening service with choir to accommodate our variety of needs.

As always, you are in my prayers as you discern the best ways to make this a meaningful season in your own spiritual journey. I look forward to a holy Lent with you all!

Christ’s Peace,

~ The Rev. Jennifer Andrews-Weckerly