Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday Photos
View photos from celebrations of Shrove Tuesday and from Ash Wednesday in our diocese here: Shrove Tuesday/Ash Wednesday 2020
Book Suggestions from other Congregations in Maine
Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to Holy Week by Amy-Jill Levine (St. Saviour's, Bar Harbor)
Book of Job new translation by Edward Greenstein (St. Margaret's, Belfast)
Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor (Trinity, Castine)
Lent 2020: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Repentance Leading to Action
An Invitation from Presiding Bishop Curry to Turn and Pray on Behalf our Nation
Almighty God … We humbly pray that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in your Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to your law, we may show forth your praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in you to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read Bishop Curry's full letter of invitation and the “Reclaiming Jesus” document and answer the call here.
Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent and Easter
The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death, then we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, faith communities will be invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life. Updated and expanded Way of Love resources for Lent and Easter are available here and include: Adult Forum - a set of seven Adult Forums, suitable to diverse settings, ties the Easter Vigil readings to the seven practices of the Way of Love, Quiet Day - the Quiet Day curriculum condenses the forums into a single-day journey, and Daily Calendar- based on Mary Bea Sullivan’s Living the Way of Love offers a daily practice and scriptural reference.
Living Well Through Lent 2020
Practicing Courage With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind
Designed for use as an individual reflection or for group study, this Living Compass resource is a daily devotional that provides a foundation for seeking a deeper experience of Lent, an experience that will help prepare us for the true meaning of Easter. Available in both print and electronic editions here. We offer a free downloadable Facilitator Guide for group use. To learn more or to order, visit: https://www.livingcompass.org/lent
2020 Lenten Meditations
To help your congregation prepare for the Lenten journey, we encourage you to order 2020 Lenten Meditations books. In support of Episcopal Relief & Development’s One Thousand Days of Love campaign, the 2020 book of Lenten Meditations was created in collaboration with Grow Christians, a ministry of Forward Movement and focus on the spiritual lives of children and how they can inform the prayers and meditations of all Christians. The devotionals are available from Forward Movement for free, only a minimal fee will be charged for shipping and handling. To place orders, you can also call Forward Movement at 1.800.543.1813. We recommend that materials be ordered by February 7th to ensure they will arrive in time for Ash Wednesday FMI: https://www.episcopalrelief.org/church-in-action/church-campaigns/lent/
Lent Madness 2020
Lent Madness, the Lenten activity that allows you to get to know some amazing people who have come before us in the faith, begins Thursday, February 27th. Thirty-two saints are placed in a tournament style single-elimination bracket. Download the bracket, sign up for email updates and learn more by visiting https://www.lentmadness.org/.
Reflections on Stations of the Cross
Episcopal Migration Ministries invites you to join them to journey the Stations of the Cross this Lent. Sign up to receive Reflections on the Stations of the Cross via email. A digital download booklet and compilation of audio meditations will be released on March 12 followed by individual written and audio reflections on each station of the cross weekly on Wednesdays, Ash Wednesday through April 1, then shifting to a daily release through Good Friday. Their reflection authors represent a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds; each offers a poignant reflection on a Station and its relevance to migration and what it means to welcome the stranger as we would welcome Christ. Each reflection calls us back to our essential identity as beloved children of God and asks us to prayerfully reflect on the meaning of the Cross in a world being transformed by migration.
Plastic Free for Lent
Looking for a way to try-on reducing plastic in your life? Join with people across The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion for a Plastic Fast during Lent 2020. Visit the Green Anglicans calendar.
Track your Carbon Footprint
Another way you can try-on being kinder to the enviornment during Lent, is to join with The Episcopal Church and their Carbon Tracker initative. The survey doesn't take long to fill out, and if you don't have your energy consumption bills while you do the survey, the system will make estimates for you. Click here for access to the carbon tracker!
For more resources, visit: https://episcopalchurch.org/lenten-resources