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Lent 2021:  Messages, Resources, and Observances


Lenten Message from Bishop Brown


Lent Services and Observances in our Congregations

Visit the calendar to view happenings or visit the website of any of our church websites for details. Find a list of churches here


Add your Church's Lenten or Easter event to the calendar

Share what's happening in your congregation on the diocesan web calendar. Is your parish hosting a quiet day, book study or service? What's your Holy Week schedule? Add your event here. Choose the category "Lent, Holy Week, Easter".  

Diocesan-wide Online Services

Sunday, March 14, 2021 - Celebrate with Maine Youth
The service produced by a team of youth and participants across the diocese premiered on the Fourth Sunday of Lent at 10:00 am on our Facebook page and is available on our YouTube channel.
Sunday, March 28, 2021 - Reading of The Passion Video Available to Use
The diocese has made a dio-wide recorded reading of the Passion available to our churches for Palm Sunday services.
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Questions? Contact Katie Clark, Director of Communications. 
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - Episcopal Maine Prayer with Bishop Brown 
Join Episcopal Maine for a special time of prayer during Holy Week. On Tuesday, March 30, the diocese is invited to gather online for an 11:00 am livestreamed prayer service here on Facebook. This liturgy is for all the baptized. All are welcome!

Book Studies and Groups from Congregations in Maine

Visit our web calendar here for details. 
Holy Solitude by Heidi Haverkamp (St. Anne's, Calais)
A Season of the Spirit by Martin Smith (Church of Our Father, Hulls Cove; St. Saviour's, Bar Harbor; St. John's, Southwest Harbor)
Stations of the Nativity, Cross and Resurrection by Raymond Chapman (Saint Andrew's, Winthrop)
Resurrecting Easter by Sarah and John Crossan (St. George's, York Harbor)
Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman (St. Luke's Cathedral, Portland)
A Table in the Wilderness by Thom Rock (Church of the Good Shepherd, Rangeley)

Adult Resources for Lent 

Life Transformed LENT
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 2021
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 
2021 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. FMI: https://www.episcopalrelief.org/church-in-action/church-campaigns/lent/
lent madness 2021Lent Madness 2021
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 invited all of us to join them to journey the Stations of the Cross in Lent 2020 with audio reflections and an accompanying book. Listen, sign up to receive an email reminder, and download a digital guide here. 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 2021. 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! 
ChurchNext 5-Week Course: With Gladness: 5 Weeks of Holy Practices for Disciples For Individuals and For Groups 
This is a 5-week curriculum based on Christopher Martin’s book With Gladness: Answering God’s Call in Our Everyday Lives (2021). Christopher is founder of The Restoration Project, whose goal is to restore individual lives and communities through seven core Christian practices. One of these practices is listening for God’s call, a practice that many of Christopher’s students have found difficult. Whom does God call? What kinds of things does God call us to do? How should we listen for God’s call? For this reason, Christopher has sought to teach new disciplines, using new language in relation to the concept of God’s call. The 5-session course is priced at $79 for individual and for groups.

Liturgical Resources

The service offered by Episcopal Church Foundation is out-of-the-box and ready for use in this coming Lent. Music is written to be able to be sung with or without accompaniment, and stations are designed to be printed or projected on a screen, to be compatible with virtual or outdoor in-person worship. The music and station artwork highlight a diverse group of talented artists, each contributing their own vision to the project. Assets below:
Great Litany on p. 148
Ash Wednesday on p 264
Triduum beginning on p. 274
Blessings for Lent, p. 24-26
Additional liturgies during the season of Lent, p.57-96
Other forms of the Great Litany on p. 46
p. 685 in the Book of Alternative Services, Anglican Church of Canada

Resources for Children  

Illustrated Ministry for children
Church Publishing is offering a free Lent, Holy Week and Easter packet which includes a variety of ideas for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter

Lent at Home practices during Holy Week from 2020 here Find more at Messy Church


Do you know of other resources we should share here with the diocese? Please email Teresa.

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