The Season of Lent
Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015
"I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word." Book of Common Prayer p. 265
Lenten Quiet Days and Special Events
The Daughters of the King, St. Clare of Assisi Chapter at St. Francis, Charleston, will offer a Lenten Quiet Day, “Feeding the Soul”, on at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church at 3075 Bees Ferry Road, West Ashley. The leader will be the Rev. Bonnie Mefferd, SC Assembly DOK Chaplain. Sign-in is at and the program will run from A light lunch will follow. Reservations are required only for lunch. Please notify Lisa Seagle by at (843) 556-6937 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like lunch. All are welcome!
Saturday, March 7
10:00 am-2:00 pm on James Island
The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross will sponsor a Quiet Day on Saturday, March 7 from . It will be led by the Reverend Deacon Judith Ewing and will be held on James Island at Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy on Fort Johnson Road. A light lunch will be available for a small donation. For more information or to register contact Daisy Stoudenmire at email@example.com or (843) 856-1954.
Weekly Lenten series
Tuesday evening discussion group
All Saints, Hilton Head Island will sponsor a Lenten discussion group at 5:00 pm Tuesdays, February 24-March 17. Discussions will focus on a recent book by The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber: Pastrix, The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint. Discussions will be led by parishoiner Pat Amer in the All Saints library. Contact Pat with questions at (843) 671-5991, or firstname.lastname@example.org. More details about Lent at All Saints are online here.
Tuesday night video series
All Saints, Hilton Head Island will sponsor a Lenten video series at 7:00 p.m. Tuesdays beginning February 24. The “Painting the Stars” series will focus on the relationship between Christianity and the evolving universe. More details can be found here. The series will be hosted by John and Bonnie Gruetzmacher at their home on Callawassie Island, Okatie, SC. Please RSVP to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information or to register for the series.
Wednesday soup & speaker series
St. Francis, Charleston will offer a Soup and Speaker Series, "What is Spirituality?" on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. February 25-March 25 at 409 Shadowmoss Parkway. Supper will be served at 6:00 and the speakers will begin at 6:45 p.m. For questions or to RVSP contact (210) 724-8593 or email@example.com
February 25 - The Rev. John Zahl
March 4 - The Rt. Rev. Charles vonRosenberg
March 11 - The Rev. Greg Smith
March 18 - The Rev. Roy Hills
March 25 - The Rev. Stan McGraw
Wednesday preaching series
St. Stephen's, Charleston is part of the annual Ansonborough Lenten Preaching Series. Five churches in downtown Charleston offer these services at 12:00 p.m., followed by lunch. No RSVP is needed and all these events are free of charge. The schedule of locations and preachers is as follows; the full schedule and contact information can be found at the St. Stephen's website.
February 25 at St. Johannes Lutheran, 48 Hasell St., with the Rev. Willie James Hill, Jr., of St. John's Reformed Episcopal Church as preacher.
March 4 at St. Stephen's Episcopal, 67 Anson St., with the Rev. Karen Hawkins of St. Johannes Lutheran as preacher.
March 11 at Trinity United Methodist, with the Rev. David William, rector of St. Stephen's, as preacher.
March 18 at St. John's Reformed Episcopal Church with the Rev. Daniel Flessas of Trinity UMC as preacher.
March 25 at Centenary United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lorenzo Moses of Centenary as preacher.
Wednesday evening supper & study
Good Shepherd, Summerville will have a Wednesday night soup-and-sandwich supper and Bible study from February 25 through March 25. Parishioners will host these events and provide soup and sandwiches. The Bible study will focus on the upcoming gospel reading, and will follow Verna Dozier’s method of Lectio Divina. Supper is at 6:30. The program starts at 7:00 and followed by Compline at 8:00 p.m. The March 25 evening will include supper and a Taizé Service.For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Wednesday suppers and programs
Grace Church, Charleston will offer "Lenten Life: Exploring the Meaning of this Holy Season" February 25-March 25. Each program is from 6:30-7:30 p.m., following Holy Eucharist at 5:30 and dinner served at 6:00. "Lenten Life" will examine the nuts and bolts of Lent. What is this season really about, and how does it shape us spiritually? Led by Grace clergy, we will explore a different theme each week:
February 25: “Lenten Symbols: Pointing the Way & Taking Us Deeper”
March 4: “Lenten Practices: Entering & Engaging the Wilderness”
March 11: “Lenten Liturgy: Framing the Experience of Worship”
March 18: “Lenten Psychology: Appreciating the Benefits of Humility & Repentance
March 25: “Lenten Literature & Poetry: Classic Portraits of Lenten Faith
Wednesdays at noon
The Episcopal Church on Edisto offers "Why Faith Matters," a Lenten Education and Reflection Program at 12:00 p.m. each Wednesday in Lent at New First Missionary Baptist Church. Each presentation will be followed by discussion; a light lunch of soup and bread will be served following the program. Presenters are
February 18: The Rev. John Fisher
February 25: The Rev. David Williams
March 4: The Rev. Canon Michael Wright
March 11: The Rev. Alastair Votaw
March 18: The Ven. Calhoun Walpole
March 25: The Rev. Dow Sanderson
Wednesday evening supper, book study and worship
Church of the Messiah, Myrtle Beach is joining with St Philip Lutheran Church, 6200 N. King's Hwy., on Wednesdays in Lent for a simple meal at 5:45 p.m. (donations requested). At 6:30 there is a book study and at 7:30 there is Evening Prayer with Homily.
Wednesday soup suppers & programs
St. George's, Summerville will have a soup supper at 6:00 p.m. weekly starting February 25, followed by a Lenten program at 7:00 p.m. in the church.
The Southern Deanery offers an Episcopal Lenten Study
"Promises, Promises: A Deanery-Wide Exploration of the Baptismal Covenant"
The churches of the Southern Deanery will host a Wednesday evening series focusing on five questions in the Baptismal Covenant. Each program will be led by a member of the clergy and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Some churches will offer a meal at 6:00 p.m. (please check with the host church)
The programs will be offered at five locations simultaneously each Wednesday:
On Hilton Head Island at All Saints;
in Port Royal at St. Mark's;
at The Episcopal Church in Okatie;
in Denmark with Christ Church, Denmark and St. Philip's, Voorhees;
and in Hampton with All Saints, Holy Communion and Heavenly Rest.
View the full schedule and list of presenters here.
Thursday suppers and speakers
St. Thomas, North Charleston offers a potluck supper at 6:00 p.m. each Thursday in Lent followed by worship with music and a speaker in Good Shepherd Hall. All are welcome.
February 26: The Rev. Chris Huff, Associate Priest at St. George's, Summerville
March 5: Rob Wendt, Diocesan coordinator for Episcopal Relief and Development
March 12: The Rev. Caleb Lee, Associate Priest at Grace Church, Charleston
March 19: Sue Hanshaw, CEO of Tricounty Family Ministries
March 26: The Rev. Canon Chuck Robertson, Canon to the Presiding Bishop
Choral Evensongs for the Season of Lent
5:00 p.m. Sundays, February 22, March 1, 8, 15 and 22
Grace Church, Charleston will offer Choral Evensong every Sunday at 5:00 p.m. This is a service of Evening Prayer set to music, and will involve several choirs, including the Grace Church Parish Choir, St. Gregory Choir, and St. Nicholas Choral Scholars.
On March 1, the visiting conductor will be Professor Edward Higginbottom, world-renowned choral conductor, organist and music scholar, with the St. Gregory Choir. A reception will be held following the service.
Good Friday offering for Jerusalem & Middle East
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has written a letter to all congregations asking them to consider assistance for Jerusalem and the Middle East through a Good Friday Offering
Funds from the offering are gathered and distributed to the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, which includes the Dioceses of Jerusalem and Cyprus and the Gulf, all members of the Anglican Communion. "The offering we collect on Good Friday carries on the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, through support for the many ministries of healing, feeding, and teaching among the dioceses of the Province," the letter says.
Information and resources for the Good Friday Offering are available here.
The Presiding Bishop's
Message for Lent 2015
Lent is “a journey that is about enlightenment if we’re willing to think about it that way,” says Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. Read her 2015 Lent message here. (a video can also be found at this link).
Resources for Lent
Episcopal Relief and Development
Lenten meditations: The forty days of Lent provide us the opportunity to reflect on our lives, our relationships with our neighbors, and the larger world. This year’s devotional focuses on creating economic opportunities and strengthening communities, with a particular focus on empowering women. Click here to find printed materials, and a link to sign up for daily email meditations during Lent.
SSJE Lent series
For Lent 2015 the Brothers of The Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) have developed an easy-to-use video series and accompanying workbook, "It’s time to… Stop, Pray, Work, Play & Love." The daily email subscription is free, as are all the supporting materials which are available to download for free. A printed version can be purchased, too.
Lent Madness 2014
"The magic of Lent Madness is that people start it thinking it’s a ridiculous take on Lent, voting for saints,” said the Rev. Scott Gunn, executive director of Forward Movement. “What quickly happens is that participants begin to learn more about the saints. And, of course, the study of saints’ lives invites us to let Christ’s light burn brightly in our own lives.”
Solemn, disturbing, and (Ultimately) Joyful: “The Theology of Holy Week”
at St. Stephen's, Charleston
A three-part series with The Rev. Dr. Joel Huffstetler
March 25, 26 and 27
6:30-8:00 pm. Dr. Huffstetler is Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland, Tenn. Please RSVP for these presentations by email to St. Stephen's at email@example.com or (843) 723-8818.
More details about the Holy Week series are on the St. Stephen's website.
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