The Lenten Season at Saint James

A time of abstinence and reflection

The Lenten season at Saint James is rich in community traditions and liturgical rites and rituals. For those who are so moved, we invite you to partake of these activities and worship opportunities to enrich your Lenten experience in preparation for Holy Week and Easter.

Below are the services, activities and studies included in our 2018 Lenten season. Please check back again in 2019 for our Lenten season offerings.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

This is an annual all-you-can-eat event to benefit children and youth ministries at Saint James! All are invited to drop by to eat and enjoy Fat Tuesday with our Saint James family. Suggested donations at the door are Adults (12 and over) $7, Children (5-11) $3 and children under 5 eat FREE.

Cross of ashes

Ash Wednesday Services

7:30 AM & 12:05 PM: Saint James Sanctuary
3:00 PM: Johnson Auditorium, Willow Valley Manor North
4:30 PM: Family Eucharist with Godly Play and the Imposition of Ashes, Saint James Chapel
7:30 PM: Convocation Service

Lenten Compline

The service of Compline {pronounced cóm-plin} is based on the closing time of prayer in the Daily Office, or monastic cycle of prayer. It is said in monasteries around 9:00 PM, when darkness has fallen and bedtime is near. The thoughts that inspire our prayers during Compline are the need we have of divine protection against the powers of darkness. We also pray for peace and rest as night falls.

Contemplative Prayer: Teaching

Who were the desert mothers and fathers of ancient times? Why did they seek such solitude, and what can we learn from them today? These were just some of the questions we discussed at our Tuesday evening Contemplative Prayer: Teaching sessions during Lent in 2018. Blurring the Boundaries: Paradox in the Spirituality of the Desert Mothers and Fathers. We’ll learn more about these desert elders and the wisdom they offer us.

For the season of Lent, we will also offer gentle movement at 6:30 PM in the narthex with yoga instructor Roberta Strickler. No mat, equipment or special clothing is needed. Come experience how gentle movement can serve as an energy releasing, calming bridge into your meditation at 7 PM!

Sunday Morning Forums

Our Sunday morning Lenten series offers a variety of topics to help deepen your Lenten preparation for Easter Sunday. Topics include spiritual direction presented by Kimberlee Peifer, Associate for Contemplative Prayer & Practices, and the Triduum and Easter Vigil Liturgy by Fr. Ron Jayne.

Lenten Book Study

Father David and Timothy Weaver will lead a book study on American Philosophy: A Love Story, by John Kaag. The author, a dispirited young philosopher adrift in his marriage and career, stumbles upon West Wind, a ruin of an estate in the hinterlands of New Hampshire that belonged to the eminent Harvard philosopher William Ernest Hocking. The wisdom he discovers there plays a key role in providing direction and purpose for his life.

Jesus JourneyWomen’s Gathering

After evening prayer in the chapel, we will make our way to the parish house library where we will discuss Trent Sheppard’s Jesus Journey: Shattering the Stained Glass Superhero and Discovering the Humanity of God. Christians worldwide believe that Jesus is God. But this belief wasn’t the starting point for Jesus’ earliest followers. While Jesus’ humanity was a given for the disciples, his divinity was a truth they grew into believing. Join us for a time of fellowship, prayer and reflection as we encounter Sheppard’s down-to-earth reflections and discover the “vibrant humanity of the historical Jesus.”

Willow Valley Lenten Book Study

During Lent, we will participate in The Good Book Club, a recommendation from our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, that focuses on the Gospel according to Luke. Forward Movement is one of the sponsors of this study and is offering the book, A Journey with Luke, edited by Marek Zabriskie. You don’t have to purchase the book but can follow along with the readings in Forward Day by Day available at the parish office.

Men’s Lenten Retreat

For our March meeting, the Men’s Spirituality Group will move to St. Thomas Episcopal Church for a mid-Lenten half-day silent retreat. This is a great opportunity to be together mostly in silence for prayer, meditation, journaling, reading, reflecting on scripture, walking the labyrinth and being inside or outside. The period of silence will be preceded and followed by a brief liturgy with no Eucharist. Men of all ages are invited to participate. For additional information please email Bob Mosebach or David Rutledge.

Episcopal Youth Community

It’s All About We – Parishioner Judy MacDougall leads our youth series in a study about servant leadership and conscious evolution.

Children’s Choir Series

Children’s Choir series begins on Feb 25 with StephJo Wise. Children will prepare to sing on Palm Sunday.

Soup’s On! A Lenten Parish Supper

Back by Popular Demand! Gather with us again this year in the parish house forum room after the 5 PM mass to enjoy a simple Lenten supper of a variety of homemade soups and breads! Sign up to bring a pot of soup, a dessert or a beverage. We will provide an assortment of breads. All are welcome. There is no charge for the event, and sign-up is quick and easy by clicking here.
For more information, please email Kristi Evans

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar

Holy Week at Saint James begins with this special mass on the eve of Palm Sunday featuring music from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera of the passion story.