Church in Prayer | Lent @ St. Paul’s
The theme for the Lenten Season at St. Paul’s is “Church in Prayer.” The season of Lent begins with Jesus in the wilderness. He is in the presence of nature, in the presence of angels, in the presence of God. Jesus spends his time in prayer as he wrestles with his vocation and the temptations that come with responding to God’s call. During Lent, we are invited to reignite our own prayer lives. What is prayer? How can we approach prayer more creatively? How can prayer help us shape our lives?
During the season of Lent, we will have multiple opportunities to be in prayer individually and as a community. We invite you to consider how God is inviting you to reimagine your own prayer life and dedicate yourself to this season of exploration.
ASH WEDNESDAY | Wednesday, March 2
- 12:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes. CLICK HERE TO WATCH ONLINE.
- 7:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes and Choir. CLICK HERE TO WATCH ONLINE.
- Ashes on the Go – Clergy will be available 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to offer ashes and a blessing. The church is open for quiet prayer and reflection.
STATIONS of ST. PAUL’S | Fridays at noon during Lent.
Out of the History and Reconciliation Initiative and in partnership with papercut artist, Janelle Washington, each station depicts a specific moment in St. Paul’s history with a focus on race relations. These 14 moments were chosen to represent the whole sweep of the congregation’s 175-year history. Learn more at stpaulsrva.org/rectors-blog/stations-of-st-pauls.
LENTEN SPEAKER SERIES and LUNCHES | Wednesdays at noon (March 9th – April 6th).
The theme of the series is “Telling our Stories.” We will hear from artists of various media: a novelist, an art curator, and a visual artist, as they describe their own journeys in conversation with Rector Charlie Dupree and Senior Warden Barbara Holley. LUNCHES: Lunch will be available for take-out only following our Lenten Speaker and will be available for pick up in the Parish Hall from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch must be preordered on our website by the prior Wednesday for pick up the following Wednesday. More details at www.stpaulsrva.org/lent2022.
CONTEMPLATIVE WORSHIP SERVICE | Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. (Beginning March 9th)
An intimate service of peaceful music, prayerful reflection, and Holy Eucharist. Drawing on the traditions of Taize chant and meditative listening, each week we focus on a phrase in the Lord’s Prayer, as we deepen our understanding of the words that Jesus gives us. In-person and live-streamed.
RECTOR’S BIBLE STUDY | Sundays from 9:00-9:45 a.m. in the Parish Hall.
The season of Lent invites us into intentional prayer and reflection, including reading and meditation on God’s Holy Word. Join Charlie, the rector of St. Paul’s, on Sundays before worship for an in-person Bible Study. The Bible Study will explore the Gospel reading for that Sunday morning, engaging the text itself and reflecting on its meaning for us today. In-person only. Vaccination required to participate.
HOLY LIVING, HOLY DYING: Two-Part End-of-Life Workshop
Session 1: Saturday, March 12th, 10 a.m. until Noon, in-person in Scott Hall
Session 2: Saturday, March 19th, 10 a.m. until Noon, in-person in Scott Hall
Join the clergy of St. Paul’s during Lent for a series of faithful and life-giving conversations about the end-of-life. Over the course of these two workshops, we will provide a safe space to break the silence and denial around death and dying by together examining our personal and cultural beliefs about mortality. Participants will be introduced to practical tools and resources to make known and communicate our wishes for a “good” death. We will also review the Book of Common Prayer funeral liturgy and begin planning our own funerals. Please join us in this journey of discussing the mystery of death as a means of affirming God’s precious gift of life. CLICK HERE for details.
Talking to Children About Death with Guest Speaker, Dr. Annie Coffey | Sunday, March 13th at 11:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall
This has been such a challenging time for families! We have experienced many types of losses including illness and deaths. These are difficult events for adults to grasp. But children, in particular, need understanding and healthy ways to share their questions and fears.
Join us on Sunday, March 13 following the worship service (11:15 a.m.) in Scott Hall, as Dr. Annie Coffey gives us guidance on “How to Talk to Children About Death”. Dr. Coffey has relished working with people as an educator, clinical psychologist, and, most recently, as a Registered Drama Therapist (who thrives on Improvisation!) her entire adult life.