Lent and Holy Week
In addition to our regular offerings of Sunday Worship, Children’s Sunday School, Evening Prayer, and Wednesday Morning Meditation, we invite you to journey with St. Pauls through this season with the offerings and resources highlighted below.
2021 Lenten Devotional | Pause(s) for Lent
This booklet contains reflections written by different people from our St. Paul’s community. We invite you to pause and reflect on one word each weekday throughout the season of Lent. There are hard copies provided in the Lent Bags and it is available digitally HERE.
At the beginning of Lent, we remember that we are dust as we mark our foreheads and receive assurance of God’s continuing care for our precious, fragile lives.
Lenten Speaker Series | Thursdays during Lent (February 25th – March 25th) @ 7:00 p.m. on Zoom | Click Here for Details
Beginning Thursday, February 25th, join us for an incredible Lenten Speaker Series. This year’s theme is Journey Together. This season of pandemic has given birth to a new understanding of what it means to be together. Our presenters this year are poets from a wide range of backgrounds. Through their art, they will help us explore the spiritual dimensions of being part of a human family, particularly during these times of social unrest. Through their uniquely personal lenses of poetry and other art forms, they will help us explore what it means (or, does not mean) to be together. Through their journeys, they will help us understand our own journeys.
Music Recitals | Wednesdays during Lent at 12:00 p.m. | Livestreamed on Facebook Live
Live-streamed Lent Recitals from St. Paul’s and All Saints every Wednesday at Noon.
A contemplative service of Evening Prayer, including readings and music that create a meditative opportunity at the midpoint of our Lenten journey.
Church Open for Individual Prayer During Holy Week
During Holy Week, the church and Memorial Garden will be open and available for quiet prayer and silent meditation. We ask that you please observe proper distancing, wear masks, and limit your time to thirty minutes. Below are the days and times the church will be open.
Holy Monday | 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Holy Tuesday | 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Holy Wednesday | 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday | 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Good Friday | 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday | 10:00 a.m. to noon (Memorial Garden only)
Palm Pickup | Saturday, March 27th Between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Prepare for Palm Sunday, which includes the Blessing of the Palms, by picking up or collecting palms for your household. 1) from your own yard, cut a leafy branch for use during the service; 2) retrieve a palm from St. Paul’s. Palms will be available on the Breezeway of St. Paul’s (on Grace Street) between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Please take one palm per individual.
Palm Sunday Worship and Blessing of the Palms | Sunday, March 28 @ 10:00 a.m. | Live-streamed on Facebook and website
Join us for this powerful service. Our preacher will be the Rev. Ben Campbell.
Service of Tenebrae | Wednesday, March 31st @ 7:00 p.m.
Our experience of Jesus’ suffering is deepened in this service of “Shadows,” using traditional chants and expressions of lament from the Hebrew Scriptures, led by the Men of the St. Paul’s Choir.
Maundy Thursday Service | Thursday, April 1st @ 7:00 p.m.
Special note about Maundy Thursday: The Maundy Thursday service is intended to be a very interactive service that typically includes Holy Communion, foot washing, and stripping of the altar. Here are a few things you can do at home to make the experience more engaging and interactive:
Agape Meal: When Jesus shared Passover with his disciples, it was in the home tradition and setting of the Passover meal. The washing of feet, the sharing of bread and wine, and the new commandment to love one another all happened in a home, in a room where Jesus drew his friends together as host, teacher, friend, and master who was there to serve them all. Before our service on Maundy Thursday, you may consider participating in a ceremonial meal. Options for elaborate or simple services for the Agape Meal and preparation are found here. Feel free to adapt to your own setting and context.
Foot-Washing: Plan to participate in the foot-washing with members of your household, or on your own. Simply have a basin, a pitcher of warm water, and some towels nearby. This is a great thing to do with partners, spouses, and children and represents the love that Jesus showed his disciples in washing their feet. You can also wash your own feet, imagining the warm hands of Jesus holding you in love and care.
Good Friday Service | Friday, April 2nd @ 12:00 p.m.
We stand at the foot of Jesus’ cross to lament the suffering that violence produces and to receive again the promise of God’s undying love for us.
Holy Saturday service | Saturday, April 3rd @ 9:30 a.m. | Live-streamed Facebook Live only
A brief service of remembrance as we keep watch at the place of Jesus’ burial.
Great Vigil of Easter | Saturday, April 3rd @ 7:00 p.m. | Outdoor, in-person service in the Memorial Garden and live-streamed
After sunset, we huddle in the dark and look forward to the coming of Easter. We light the Pascal candle and hear again the stories of God’s continuing care for us. In the early church, this was the traditional time of Baptism for new converts, looking forward to their first celebration of Eucharist on Easter morning. Registration Required – Details coming soon.
Easter Sunday | Sunday, April 4th @ 10:00 a.m. | In-Person and Online details coming soon
With glorious music and the beauty of flowers, we proclaim the good news that “Jesus Christ is risen today!” We will rejoice in each other’s virtual company as Jesus’ resurrection brings us new life.