Lent thoughts from Julia

 

Julia Portrait

 

How do we worship?

Each one of us may have a different focus. For some, music provides the fastest route to contemplation and prayer. Others find inspiration through powerful sermons, while some of us crave the gift of silence.

This Lent, we will be looking at the ways we worship at St Peter’s, by examining our music, words, space and presence.

Unusually, St Peter’s has had an unbroken pattern of worship for nearly 40 years. I was trained by my predecessor, who was vicar here for nearly 20 years. I am now in my 18th year. Such rare continuity is a gift to be treasured. But it is also important to examine it from time to time, for signs of wear and tear.

A series of sermons and conversations, led by the Worship Team, will explore the main ingredients of our Sunday worship (see dates below). I hope you can join in, and have your voice heard.

St Peter’s lives within a particular Anglican tradition – Liberal Catholic – which provides rules of grammar in which to articulate a vision, and a wealth of historic treasures to take out of the cupboard.

One of these traditions, the Stations of the Cross, is a devotion or spiritual pilgrimage through Christ’s final hours. This will be our focus on four evenings in March (see dates below). On Sunday evenings, Lent Cafe Conversations will explore some of today’s ethical issues; migration, euthanasia and gender.  Before then, a Men’s Breakfast on 15 February will offer the chance of fellowship and conversation in the crypt. Dates and information below. Our Lent experience will culminate in a beautiful reflection, Words and Music, on Sunday 5 April at 5pm.

How we worship God expresses how we live as people of faith. Let us pray for courage and wisdom as we journey through Lent, holding fast to all that we treasure.

Rev’d Julia Porter-Pryce,
Vicar, St Peter De Beauvoir

 

LENT DIARY 2020

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Men’s Breakfast: Faith, Fellowship and Prayer
Saturday 15 February, 8.45 for a 9am breakfast, Crypt
A chance to gather together and share experiences at this welcoming breakfast for men, held in the crypt cafe and led by ordinand Matthew Bull.

Pancake Sunday

St Peter’s Pancake Party
Sunday 23 February, 11am, Crypt
Before Lent starts the following Wednesday, come and enjoy pancakes in the crypt after church.

Ash Wednesday

26 February, 7.30am
Holy Communion with the imposition of ashes, open to all. For those who cannot make this service, there is an evening service at 7.30pm at St Anne’s, Hoxton.

man holding Bible

Patterns of Worship
Sundays, 1, 8, 15 & 29 March, 11.30am-12.30pm
An exploration of what happens in worship, focusing on four ingredients of the Mass: music, words, space and presence. Our sermons at the 10am service beforehand will also focus on these themes.

Stations of the Cross
Wednesdays, 4, 11, 18, 25 March, 7pm
This traditional devotion is a meditation on the last hours of Christ. Follow in the footsteps of Jesus with ancient and modern prayer, as we journey to Holy Week and Easter.

MUSIC

Lent Cafe Conversations
Sundays: 1, 15, 29th March, 5-6pm. Crypt (doors open at 4.30pm)
An opportunity to explore different perspectives on ethical questions. Come prepared to listen to others and share your own thoughts. Migration and home (March 1st). Euthanasia (March 15th). Gender and fluidity (March 29th).

Words and Music
Sunday 5 April, 5-6pm
A beautiful series of readings and recorded music in church to reflect on the meaning of Holy Week and Easter.

 

Stations of the Cross

 

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