Lent Has Arrived!

Dear friends,

The Rev. Claudia Smith
Rector St. Francis by the Sea

In recent months I have heard many of you say that you are feeling overwhelmed with the amount of information (often conflicting) coming at you. The sheer volume of words is making our heads hurt and our spirits disquieted. So when for a number of reasons our usual Lenten routines were not seeming to come together, I have to wonder if in fact it is not the Holy Spirit saying that we are all in need of some quiet time this Lenten season.

That said, I encourage you all to use the 40 days of Lent as a time to journey though a time in prayer and reflection.  If you are like me and like to journey with others as guides, I suggest that you check out the following options: 

Stop, Pray, Work, Play and Love is a perennial favorite from The Society of St John the Evangelist (SSJE). “So much of our stress and anxiety derives from our pollution of Time. God has given us the gift of time, and called it holy, yet we often experience time as a curse,” say the Brothers of SSJE. Join the Brothers in rediscovering time as a gift.

Join the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in the Good Book Club  – read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts during Lent and Eastertide.

Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John. This is a six-week journey and reflection offered by SSJE and the Center for the Ministry of Teaching. They say, “Have you ever wished to deepen your relationship with God? To experience a warm friendship with God? Maybe even fall in love with God – again – or for the very first time?” This is a FREE and robust resource – with prayer journals, facilitation guidance (for small groups), videos and emails.

You Are the Way: Devotions for Lent 2018 are available from Augsburg Fortress publishers for $3. This beautiful, full-color devotional explores one or more “I am” sayings of Jesus during each week in Lent. The pocket-sized version is breakfast table ready! Large-print and ebook editions are also available.

May this time of quiet refection be a holy time in which the love of God is made abundantly clear to you in the life and teachings of Jesus.

Faithfully,

Claudia+

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