Lent

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Lenten Potluck Suppers
Wednesdays, February 20th through March 20th
6pm to 7pm in Walton Rodgers Hall

We invite you to come to church each week for food and fellowship. These dinners are great for all ages.
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Spirituality through Music
Wednesdays, February 20th through March 13th
and Thursday, March 21st at 7pm in the Choir Room

Join John Whiteside and Adam Thomas in an exploration of why and how music transcends our rational minds and moves us into a space ripe for noticing the presence of God. It’s not just church music that does it!
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Book Group: The Rich and the Rest of Us
Mondays, February 18th through March 25th
at 7pm at the home of Amy Whitcomb Slemmer

Join Amy Whitcomb Slemmer for a discussion of the book suggested by Bishop Shaw for study during this Lent. Please email Amy at aslemmer@gmail.com to sign up.
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Beginning The Story
Tuesdays, February 19th through March 26th
at 6:30pm at the home of Ann Musto

Join Ann Musto for a small group discussion of the beginning chapters of The Story, a wonderful version of the Bible laid out completely in narrative. Please email Ann at ammusto@comcast.net to sign up.
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Lenten Book Group: The Rich and the Rest of Us

For reflection to frame your week: From Philippians 2:1-8

If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, and sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death- even death on a cross.

All are welcome to join us as we consider Chapters 4 and 5 of The Rich and the Rest of Us by Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, which invites us to consider the new face of poverty and insecurity surrounding us. If you are interested in adding to your Lenten observance, please join us as we share our thoughts and reflections.

On Monday, March 11th we will gather at 7 pm at the home of Amy Whitcomb
Slemmer (32 S Street in Hull) to review Chapter 4, “Poverty of Courage,”
and Chapter 5, “Poverty of Compassion.” Below please find a few questions for your consideration:

For Reflection and Discussion:

  • Why did The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr believe that war was the enemy of the poor?
  • Is it wrong that military spending trumps spending on poverty and poor children, and if so how could the church play a role in reordering these priorities?
  • “Jesus Christ was the world’s most famous social-justice activist.” Not everyone sees Jesus this way — do you? Why or Why not?
  • How might we as a church community ignite compassion for the poor? What
    might you do?

The Study Guide can be found on line here. Extra books and copies of the study guide are available at St. Stephens.