From the Rector.....
Lent is a time to look again, look at and participate in God's saving grace, look
intentionally at the profusion of means God uses to call us into a right relationship with
God. The church has great traditions to help us
Prayer: Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday,
Easter, these are traditions we will all participate in. But there are others which we may
choose to contemplate individually. I suggest that for each Sunday Eucharist we enter the
church fifteen minutes early, and refraining from any talking. We take our seat for a period
of silent meditation. Use this time as preparation for entering into The Great
Thanksgiving, the Eucharist. Each Thursday evening we will pray Evening Prayer. On
Maundy Thursday evening I ask you to watch one hour with Jesus in a night-long prayer
vigil. Confession -- taking a serious inventory of your Christian life and receiving
absolution and spiritual counsel. And, most importantly, daily prayer. Use the "Daily
Devotions for Individuals and Families" in the prayer book or on the cards which I will be
happy to provide for you. Offer up to God your thanksgivings and your personal needs
as well as the needs of the world. Pray for the people of Rwanda, the Middle East,
Bosnia, and our own country.
Study: Elsewhere in this newsletter you will find a listing of the Thursday evening Lenten
series. In addition to this series, the Sunday morning adult education hour during Lent will
explore the biblical foundations of Handel's Messiah. All are welcome to come.
Fasting: The time-honored tradition of fasting during Lent is as valid today as it has ever
been. Fasting is the act of putting nothing -- not even food -- between yourself and God.
You may eat simpler meals on Thursdays and Fridays during Lent, and families could
instruct children about the reasons for the simpler food. The hunger we may feel will
remind us of those millions throughout the world who go hungry every day. The money
we save by fasting may be collected and given to a worthy outreach effort like the SICM
food pantry, the Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief, or the United Thank Offering.
This hunger also reminds us of our hunger for God.
These are only three of the traditions of the Church. There are many others that you may
wish to pause and contemplate. They can show us many things about life. They can work
many changes in our understanding and vision if we allow them to. Lent is a time to look
again at the works of God's saving Grace, and in that looking, be transformed by the
power of the Holy Spirit.
Wishing you a holy Lent,
TRANSEPT TRIVIA FOR LENT
1. There are only two fast days in our
Church Calendar. What are they?
2. Why do we call Sundays following
Ash Wednesday Sundays in Lent rather
than Sundays of Lent?
3. In addition to replacing the Gloria in
excelsis with the Kyrie during Lent,
there is a word noticeably absent from
hymns and the liturgy during Lent.
What is it?
4. Satan presents Our Lord with three
temptations in the wilderness. What are
5. What did the word Lent originally
6. The Prayer Book forbids the
celebration of the Eucharist on what
7. How many churches in our diocese
are named for the "red-letter" saint
whose feast day falls in March?
(answers found at the end of this page)
Sunday Morning Adult Education
The Bible and Handel's
As a sequel to our Advent study Richey
Woodzell and Allison De Kanel will lead the Sunday Morning Adult Education hour in a biblical study
that explores the Scriptural texts of
Handel's Messiah and includes musical
commentary. The classes will meet on
Sunday morning beginning at 9:00 am
and last until 10:00 am in the parish
hall. Participants are asked to bring
their Bibles to each class.
The schedule is as follows:
Feb. 16 - Behold the Lamb of God
Feb. 23 - He Trusted in God
Mar. 2 - Who is the King of Glory?
Mar. 9 - I Know That My Redeemer
Mar. 16 - Who Do the Nations Rage?
Mar. 23 - Hallelujah, Worthy Is the
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH IN LENT
Thursday Evenings: We begin the evening
with Evening Prayer in the church at 5:30.
After the service we gather in the parish hall
for a light supper: hot soup and beverages
will be provided and can be supplemented
with a sandwich from home. Finally, at
around 6:45 we gather in the library for our
lenten study series.
Lenten Study Series: Our study this year
deals with temptation as an invitation to
Many of us who have recognized Christ's
call to follow him do not feel that we are
making much progress in the religious life.
This course will explore the possibility that
temptations, faced rather than feared, can
be the starting point for spiritual growth and
changed lives. Each session will begin with
a video of Princeton Seminary Professor
Diogenes Allen exploring the temptations
which constantly challenge us. The second
half of each session will be a discussion of
the concrete ways to sustain our spiritual
journeys as we struggle with life's profound,
Thursday Mornings: For many, the season
of Lent is a period of healing - -spiritually,
emotionally, relationally and physically. The
Sacrament of Healing is offered as a part of
the Eucharist at 10 am. Persons wishing to
receive this Sacrament are invited to stay at
the altar rail after receiving the wine. It
involves the Laying on of Hands and
Anointing with Holy Oil of Unction.
After the service we will gather in the
rector's study for a bible study based on the
following Sunday's scripture readings.
Sunday Eucharists in Lent: The
prayerbook gives many liturgical
observances that are especially appropriate
for Lent. Each Sunday in Lent will begin
with the "Penitential Order" (p. 319) which
includes a confession of sin.
Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross: a 'Station' is any place in the church where,
during a solemn procession, there is pause
for a prayer. During Lent there is a practice
in which fourteen 'stations' are visited in
turn, with a pause for a reading, a versicle
and response, a prayer, and a time for
meditation. In this case, the 'stations' are
fourteen pictures depicting incidents in the
narrative of Christ's passion, from Pilate's
house to the entombment. These pictures
will be placed around the church on Fridays
and booklets which lead the participant
through each station can be found on the
table in the back of the church. The church
and chapel will be open each Friday from 9
am to 9 pm.
Lent affords us a good opportunity to
explore areas of our liturgical tradition that
are not widely used in our church.
SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER
Don't miss the traditional Pancake Supper at
St. Stephen's marking the last time for
festivities before Lent begins, on Tuesday,
Menu includes pancakes, sausages and a
beverage. The price includes all you can
Bring your family, your friends and your
appetite! Volunteers are needed to help
cook, serve and clean up.
BRING YOUR PALMS FROM 1996 PALM
SUNDAY TO BE BURNED FOR ASH
....to Martha Nicholson for making the
baptismal smocks for our newest member
on January 5th
....to ICHTHUS who made over 100 sub
sandwiches for their fundraiser on January
....to all who submitted reports for the Annual
...George Horch and Pauline Northrop who
plowed through so many numbers in
preparing our Parochial Report for the
....to the Adult Choir who not only make
beautiful music for us, but also made us
proud in representing us at the choir festival
at the Cathedral
WHAT A PARISH!
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES
Ash Wednesday is February 12th with the
Imposition of Ashes and Eucharist as
Services will be held at various times so that
each Christian can observe the beginning of
this penitential period which leads us into
our celebration on Easter Day. Barring
illness, every Christian certainly will be in
church on Ash Wednesday to begin his/her
disciplined preparation for a meaningful
celebration of Easter.
Making a confession in preparation for
Easter is a long-standing tradition for
many in the Church. This is an individual
confession to a priest. The service of
Reconciliation of a Penitent in the Book of
Common Prayer provides an excellent form
for personal self- examination, confession
and reception of God's forgiveness. If
anyone is interested in participating in this
rite as we move toward Easter, please feel
free to contact the rector. A short brochure
describing this sacrament can be found on
the Welcome Table in the parish hall.
TRANSEPT TRIVIA FOR LENT
1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday
(BCP p. 17).
2. All Sundays are celebrations of the
Resurrection and cannot be penitential
days. They are not part of the "40 Days
4. To make stones into bread; to throw
Himself from the pinnacle of the temple
and be saved by angels; and to rule
over the kingdoms of this world.
5. Spring; the verb 'lengthen' also
comes from the same root, since in
Spring, the days lengthen once again.
6. Good Friday and Holy Saturday
(BCP pp. 275, 282, 283).
7. None; there are no churches named
after 'Saint Joseph' in the Diocese of