We are now in that part of Lent which some people call ‘Deep Lent’. If you have given something up, or have taken on some new discipline for Lent, you are now getting into that rhythm of life. Perhaps you are bored of, or bothered by, the heavy scripture readings in church (You did notice they were darker, didn’t you?). And some find the whole season of Lent dreary and without colour or life.
We may be tired of this year’s version of the journey to the cross. Our own reality is that there are enough challenges and deaths (large and small; figurative and literal) that it seems somehow dishonest to spend 40 days (plus Sundays!) purposefully reminding ourselves that to follow Jesus means to intentionally look for death and sacrifice. We are surrounded by both in good measure – there is no need to go looking.
I suppose some of the disquiet which settles in on some of us at this point in Lent is that we also know the suffering and sorrow and sacrifice are all a bit of an act. In fact, this is all a grand set-up for the big Easter party – this story has a wonderfully brilliant ending which is sprinkled with Alleluias and carried forward with blasting trumpets.
For me, all of this is true. Deep Lent is an uneasy time in my soul and in living out the practicalities of daily life. In these days I am keenly aware of the many paradoxes of the Christian faith:
Light from darkness
Strength in weakness
Hope out of despair
Generosity with little
Death leads to life …
And so I wait – impatiently, stubbornly – for joy and delight and LIFE to arrive. And it does, in ways sometimes predictable and sometimes surprising, but it does arrive to renew my hope and my energy and my faith.
” … weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5b)
We are waiting for the morning.
I invite you to participate with us here at St. James in our journey through these last days of Lent, through Holy Week as we approach the celebration of the Passion of Christ, and the Resurrection which changes all.
Up and Coming…
Saturday, March 24 – Men’s Breakfast 8:00 am
Tuesday to Friday, March 27 – 30th – Morning Prayer at 9:30 am
In the Chancel
Sunday April 1 – Palm Sunday 8:15 & 10:00 am
Liturgy of Palms & Holy Eucharist
Church School & Nursery at 10:00 am
Tuesday to Thursday, April 3 – 5th – Morning Prayer at 9:30 am
In the Chancel
Wednesday April 4 – ‘The Way of the Cross’ Ecumenical Service – 7:00 pm
Everyone is welcome to join us
at St. Leonard’s Roman Catholic Parish,
5332 Long Island Road, Manotick
Thursday April 5 – Maundy Thursday 7:00 pm
Foot/Hand Washing, Holy Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar
Thursday April 5th – Friday April 6th – Maundy Thursday Vigil
Hour by hour all-night vigil of prayer and meditation. (Details below)
Friday April 6 – Good Friday
10:00 am Walk of the Cross (begins at the Manotick United Church parking lot)
10:30 am Ecumenical Service at St. James Anglican Church
Saturday April 7 -Easter Eve 7:30 pm
The Great Vigil of Easter
Service of Lights & Holy Eucharist
Sunday April 8 – Easter Sunday
The Day of the Resurrection
8:15 & 10:00 Holy Eucharist
Church School & Nursery at 10:00 am
Wednesday April 11 – Book Discussion – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday April 21 – Men’s Breakfast – 8:00 a.m.
In Tomkins Hall
Saturday April 28 – Congregational Resource Day
At Saint Paul University, 223 Main St. (Details below)
Craft Group will be selling their Easter Eggs and novelties (toys, etc.) following the 10 am services on Palm Sunday & Easter Sunday.
Samples of these will be at the back of the church
this Sunday for people to see.
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Memorial or Thankofferings for Easter
Anyone who would like to make a memorial or thanksgiving offering
or a donation towards Easter flowers,
please contact Sam (613-692-2082) by Wednesday, March 28th.
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Maundy Thursday Vigil
This year we are planning an all-night vigil
to start following the Maundy Thursday service and continue
till the Good Friday service at 10:30 a.m. The idea is based on
Jesus saying to Simon, “Could you not keep watch for one hour?”
A sign-up chart will be posted at the church entrance
for those wishing to attend an hour during that time
for prayer and meditation in the church .
Congregational Resource Day – Saturday, April 28th
at Saint Paul University, 223 Main Street, Ottawa
Please check out the workshop choices and contact Sam
before Thursday March 29th if you are interested.
Book Discussion – Take This Bread by Sara Miles
Wednesday, April 11th at 7:00 p.m.
Are you looking to engage in a Lenten devotional discipline?
One possibility is committing to read the book
Take this bread by Sarah Miles during the season of Lent.
The book is available
through Chapters/Indigo and includes
questions for reflection/study.
It is described as the spiritual memoir of a 21st century
Christian and is the story of a person who finds faith almost by
accident after wandering into church one day and finding herself
transformed by the experience. The memoir is as much about
the journey that follows as the initial transformation.
There will be a gathering at 7pm on the evening of Wednesday, 11 April to discuss the
book and share our insights. If you plan to attend, please call or email Sam in the office or place your name on the sign up sheet at the front of the church so we have an idea of numbers and may choose an appropriate space to meet.
Save the Date!!!
Saturday, May 5 – St. James Garage Sale 8:30 am – 12 pm
Start your spring cleaning now and put aside your gently used items
for one of our main fundraising events for the year!
Mark the date on your calendar
and watch for the sign-up sheet next month at the church.
Volunteers will be needed Thursday, Friday and Saturday May 3-5th.
Come and join the fun!!! For more details contactHeather Brophy
Wednesday, May 9 – Movies with Meaning – 7:00 p.m.