Lenten Activities and Worship Services

A cross made out of nails hangs in Brown Memorial's sanctuary against a black backdrop.

Our Lenten Theme This Year: “Call and Response”

Getting on the road to the Cross this year might seem especially overwhelming, because Jesus still asks us to walk with him down the long path to the cross, and for many of us that call might be especially difficult this Lent.


This season of Lent, we will explore “Call and Response” during worship. By focusing on “Call and Response,” we are doing two things: not only listening to the familiar path of the Easter story, but listening for how God calls us to take action. We will focus on who in the Bible responds to Jesus on this road, and how they respond, so that we might hear with new ears how we can respond.


Lenten Activities and Worship Services

Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tues. Feb. 28, 6-8 p.m.

There is a fun tradition in our religious history of making pancakes and playing games the night before Ash Wednesday. We resurrect this practice with pancakes for dinner and intergenerational games in our Assembly Room. RSVP to Rachel Cunningham, [email protected], or (410) 523-1542 Ext. 14, by Sunday, Feb. 26  so we know how many pancakes to make. Come at 5 p.m. to the supper if you want to help cook pancakes.


Ash Wednesday Tri-Church Service of Worship
Wed., March 1, 7:30 p.m.

“From dust you came, and to dust you will return.” We gather with our brothers and sisters from Corpus Christi Catholic Church and Memorial Episcopal Church for an annual ecumenical service of worship featuring the combined choirs and singers from all three churches.  This year’s service will be held at Brown Memorial.


Tri-Church Education Series – Love Your Neighbor
Wednesdays, March 8, 22, 29, April 5, 6:30-8 p.m.

In our divided nation it’s easy to lose our bearings in what it means to love our neighbors, including those named or made to feel “other.” This year’s Lenten education series focuses on loving our neighbors by asking, “What would you like to see from the Christian community in light of the current political environment?” Each Wednesday evening session, held in the education building at Brown, will allow time for questions and group discussion. Guest speakers will include: 

  • March 8 – No Boundaries Coalition
  • March 22 – Refugee/immigrant community (Immigration Outreach Service Center)
  • March 29 – Jewish community (Rabbi Daniel Berg, Beth Am Congregation)
  • April 5 – Islamic community

The evening will begin with a light dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m.  The event is co-sponsored by Brown Memorial, Memorial Episcopal Church and Corpus Christi Church.


Ecumenical Worship Services
Wednesdays, February 28-April 12 , Noon
Trinity Baptist Church, 1601 Druid Hill Avenue

Attend mid-week Lenten worship with our brothers and sisters across West Baltimore, a tradition started by The Rev. Marion Bascom after the ‘68 Baltimore Riots. Lunch will be served following each service. Free will offerings are gratefully appreciated.


Weekly Prayer Opportunities 
Prayer Stations – Beginning Ash Wednesday

Stations for interactive prayer will be available in the Sanctuary throughout Lent. A new station will be added each week culminating with the Maundy Thursday contemplative worship experience. The Sanctuary will be open Thursday evenings from 6:15-7 p.m. for anyone wishing to visit the prayer station or labyrinth.


Weekly Evening Prayer Service
Thursdays, March 3 – April 5, 5:30 p.m.

As you move from the busyness of your day into evening activities, you are invited to step apart from that busyness and join others in prayer. 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.