Lately, it’s not uncommon to hear frustration, anxiety and fatigue deeply felt in the face of both the daily news cycle and the never ending road to justice. So what are we to do in the midst of these intense times? The hymn “God Be With You Til We Meet Again” suggests that “when life’s perils thick confound you, put unfailing arms around you.”
This Lent we invite you to join us as we explore this idea through practices that help strengthen us for the journey ahead. Each week we will highlight a different theme—Boundaries – Saying Yes, Saying No; Discernment; Healing; Hospitality; Honoring the Body; Singing; Shaping Community—to focus our spiritual practices on beginning in the education hour, followed by worship and then continued throughout the week with devotions and suggested actions around the week’s theme.
Gather in the Assembly Room for pancakes, games for all ages and the 3rd Annual Brown Memorial vs. Memorial Episcopal pancake relay race. The record is one all. RSVP to Rachel Cunningham, firstname.lastname@example.org, by March 3. Come at 5:30 to help cook.
“From dust you came, and to dust you will return.” We gather with our sisters and brothers from Corpus Christi Catholic Church and Memorial Episcopal Church for an annual ecumenical service of worship featuring the combined choirs of all three churches. This year’s service will be held at Corpus Christi.
A monthly gathering to sing and experience a variety of inspirational chants, folk music and classic tunes, including melodies from the Taize Community in France. No printed music will be distributed, and no musical training is required. All gatherings are in the Labyrinth.
Join with our brothers and sisters across West Baltimore for a noontime service of worship followed by a light lunch. These ecumenical services of worship were birthed decades ago as a response to the 1968 riots and are an important part of our continued dialogue on race, the church and the city.
Dinner 6:30 pm, Service 7-8 You don’t usually associate comedy with Lent, but humor is often a good way to highlight some of the most troubling and difficult parts of our traditions and bring them to light. Join us this season as Father Marty, Rev. Grey and Pastor Foster Connors each look at how their traditions are portrayed in comedy, cinema and television to explore what some of our biggest sins are as traditions and how we can become better reflections of the Church and of Jesus going forward.
As you move from the busyness of your day into evening activities, step apart from that busyness and join others in prayer in the sanctuary. Within a liturgical framework, we bring forth spoken and silent prayers from the church’s ongoing prayer list, from prayer request cards, and from the deepest parts of our hearts.
Peter Bruun, curator for the Beyond Beautiful One Thousand Love Letters Project, will facilitate a love letter writing workshop as part of our ongoing work to aid in the opioid crisis. These letters are not necessarily about addiction; they are about the power and impact of love in our lives. Bruun is an artist and activist working to end the stigma often associated with addiction. He will transform some of the letters from our community into pieces of art, working towards the completion of 1,000 depictions of love letters in visual form. A light dinner of soup, salad and bread is from 6:30-7 p.m. Program runs 7-8:30 p.m. in the Assembly Room.