Updated: Feb 20
This Sunday, we are going to contemplate the well-known and profoundly important parable of the Sower, the seed, and the soil. In our preparation for Lent we are called to examine and, by the grace of God, break up and prepare the soil of our hearts. It's of particular importance in the lead-up to Lent, of course, but it reminds us of what is a daily battle in the heart of every Christian. Our hearts are always under threat of weeds, rocks, and hard soil. In the Epistle, the Apostle Paul makes it clear what sort of effort following Christ involves, and how ultimately our only option is to acknowledge our weakness and open our hearts and lives to the power of God to both transform and deploy us as his servants.To start with, three important announcements regarding Ash Wednesday, a cancelled Sunday, and the Lent retreat.
Readings: You may access the prayer and readings by following this link. You may read the RSV and ESV translations of the readings here. You may follow this link for more information regarding our 8 am and 10 am services.
There are also some important announcements regarding upcoming services.
Our Ash Wednesday service is at 10 am, Wednesday, March 2 in our usual location. It will be a service of Holy Communion with the imposition of ashes. Please join us, if you are able, as we begin our Lenten journey. Sunday, March 20 there will be no in-person Sunday services. I will be away again for a weekend army exercise (FYI, at this time I will generally be away for one weekend per month during the training year which runs from September to May). Finally, I encourage you to attend and to share the information for our Lent retreat, which is Saturday, March 26. Here is a link to the poster for the event which I encourage you to share as you see fit.
If you have particular prayer requests or thanksgiving reports please share them with me. They will be offered to the Lord through the service and included in the service insert. Special feasts and fasts and commemorations* (if you follow or wish to follow the Church's traditional devotion in this way): Thursday, February 24, the Feast of St. Matthias the Apostle, 8 am Holy Communion.