Ash Wednesday - Fr. Michael Brought "Ashes to Go" to the Allendale Train Station
Ash Wednesday began the season of Lent. Trinity held services at noon and 7:30 PM. Trinity's Lenten Book Group began March 3.
This year we had scheduled very special programs; however, with this historic Coronvirus Pandemic, we have adjusted our Lenten programs. For those programs where it's possible, we will engage with each other from a distance, including: "Distance gathering" for a Lenten Book Study.
This year are reading together Max Lucado’s newest work, Jesus – The God Who Knows Your Name. This New York Times bestselling author takes us further on the journey to know the life and character of the Savior. Countering our desire to keep Jesus’ humanity out of his incarnation by compartmentalizing him as a divine teacher we miss much of what God wants us to know about him.
We will "distance-gather" by "remotely-connecting" through Zoom. Our next meeting is March 24, and the final meeting is April 7.
This is an easy read book and a joy to even reread-- it's not too late to join in. Contact Trinity or Father Michael for an update on how we will be sharing our Lenten reading and spiriutal journey.
Episcopal Relief & Development
Lenten Meditations 2020
The Episcopal Relief & Development Lenten Meditations 2020 focus on the gifts of children in the poignant and joyous recollections and reflections of educators, caregivers, parents and grandparents from around the Episcopal Church. The daily Lenten meditations not only focus on the spiritual lives of children but also how children inspire the lives of adults. The Lenten Meditations 2020 books are available free of charge on the table underneath the Stewardship banner in the narthex.
Lenten Weekend Retreat at Mount Saviour Monastery Cancelled due to the CDC Directive to Cancel Gatherings
We have left the description of our Lenten retreat program because it was a wonderful weekend retreat plan and we hope to resurrect this retreat at a future time
Fr. Michael had intended to lead a retreat at Mount Saviour Monastery on the weekend of Friday, March 13th through Sunday, March 15th. The retreat would utilize materials created by the Episcopal Church titled Life Transformed – The Way of Love in Lent.
The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus and his Way of Love into the experience of transformed life. During this retreat it was intended to provide opportunity to reflect anew on the loving actions of God as recounted in the Easter Vigil readings.
The purpose of the weekend would be to walk together through the depths of salvation history into the fullness of redemption.
The anticpated schedule maximized the 3-day weekend, while not overtaxing our participants: Friday, 9:00 AM, drive to the monastery in Elmira, NY, spend the weekend in spiritual journey, and leave after the Eucharist service on Sunday.
Between the rhythm of Benedictine offices/services and our sharing together, we would experience together and individually a transformative weekend.