The Gospel proclamation for the First Sunday of Lent (Mark 1: 12-15) tells of the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing for his ministry of announcing the good news of the Reign of God. As we begin our Lenten observance this year, we would do well to fix our eyes on Jesus, to enter with him into the spirit of those 40 days in preparation for the celebration of the Easter mysteries.
So many of us live amid so much clutter, so much noise. We travel through life at breakneck speed. Lent is, therefore, a good time time to empty ourselves, not only of the seemingly never-ending stuff, sound and speed in our lives, but also of our pettiness, our prejudice, our anxiety, our fear.
Lent, the journey to Easter, which is repeated each year, is always a new gift from God. As a theologian of the Orthodox Church once wrote, Lent is not merely about deprivations; rather it is about "softening our hearts so that they can be open to the realities of the Spirit and experiencing a secret hunger and thirst for communion with God."
We extend a warm welcome to you and invite you to join with us as we journey through Lent to the celebration of our redemption in a blessed Easter.
Worship at Saint Albans takes many forms. There are opportunities to worship throughout the week in a variety of settings. Our principal Sunday service is at 11.00, where the music and order of worship follow the traditional form of the Book of Common Prayer (1662). Our schedule of services follows:
Ash Wednesday March 2, 2022 6.00 pm Holy Communion with the Imposition of Ashes
The First Sunday in Lent March 6, 2022 11.00 am Holy Communion
The Second Sunday in Lent March 13, 2022 11.00 am Morning Prayer
The Third Sunday in Lent March 20, 2022 11.00 am Holy Communion
The Fourth Sunday in Lent March 27, 2022 11.00 am Morning Prayer
The Fifth Sunday in Lent April 2, 2022 11.00 am Holy Communion
Christian Education for Lent
Sunday Bible Study: Followers of Jesus Sundays 11.00 am
he five studies in this series look at New Testament characters who encountered Jesus at a point in their lives, either through curiosity or need, and the effect that encounter had upon them. They appear in the gospel accounts (openly or in secret) at the end of Jesus’ life, as he makes his way toward Jerusalem, and the inevitable cross. A few are standing there watching the whole drama of the cross unfold before their eyes. They became disciples in some way, and all have something to teach us, as once again we make our journey through the season of Lent. Join us each week as we follow Jesus through the lives of those who first followed him.
March 13 @ 11.00 am April 3 @ 11.00 am Nicodemus James, Son of Thunder
March 20 @ 11.00 am April 10 @ 11.00 am Mary & MarthaMary Magdalene
March 27 @ 11.00 am The Woman at the Well
Friday Book Group: 24 Hours that Changed the World Fridays 6.30 pm
No single event in human history has received more attention than the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. We will retrace the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life in an attempt to understand the significance of Jesus’ suffering and death. Join us each week in Lent as we explore the day that changed human history.
We meet at 6.30 am for a light supper and then have a discussion at 7.00 pm. A Zoom link will be provided for those who cannot attend in person.
March 11 April 1 The Last Supper Jesus, Barabbas & Pilate
March 18 April 8 The Garden of Gethsemane The Crucifixion
March 25 Condemned by the Righteous
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