The Season of Lent

Historically a time of preparation for baptism in the ancient church, Lent is a time of special devotion, a season when we are reminded of our own mortality and encouraged to seek forgiveness. It is a season of prayer, self-examination and repentance, and here at Grace, we will have several ways for people to explore their faith and deepen their connection with God.  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14.

Annual Pancake Supper – Tuesday, February 13
Join us from 5:30-8 p.m. for our Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras celebration, complete with pancakes and all the fixings, beads, masks and a flurry of alleluias before they’re put away for Lent.  Purchase tickets in the Undercroft after church or at the door on Tuesday.  For more information contact Rev. Amanda.

Ash Wednesday – Wednesday, February 14
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. We will have two services of Holy Communion with the Imposition of Ashes at 12:00 noon and 7:30 p.m.

Pretzel Sunday – Sunday, February 18
The first Sunday in Lent is “Pretzel Sunday” at Grace Church!  Pretzels have an interesting history connected with the church.  Come make your own pretzel and learn more about this history. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Undercroft there will be dough ready to form into pretzels. Parents, please accompany your children for the duration of this activity. During the service, we’ll bake the pretzels you made. Return to the Undercroft after the service to enjoy the pretzels during coffee hour. Also, be sure to pay attention during the Eucharist; we use a pretzel for our communion bread!  For more information or to assist, contact Erin Steele at erinbonesteele@yahoo.com.

Lenten Book Discussion
During the season of Lent, Wade in the Water, our ministry for racial justice will be leading a book discussion of Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell, which examines the landmark civil rights case in which Richard and Mildred Loving fought to have their marriage legally recognized at a time when interracial marriages were considered a crime. Discussions will take place at every Sunday at 12 noon.

Spirituality of Aging Series Continues
For those in the second half of life, we invite you to explore your relationship with God and those important questions of life and faith that arise as we get older. Through video presentations, discussions and spiritual practice, you will learn, share, question, reflect – and be surprised.  We meet from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Springvale Terrace, 8505 Springvale Rd. in Silver Spring. For questions, email Beth Boyd at eboyd@seaburyresources.org

Sunday Afternoon Gospel Service
Our Sunday afternoon worship service continues throughout the season of Lent. If you can’t make it to church in the morning, join us at 5:30.

Lenten Quiet Day – Saturday, February 24
The Daughters of the King (DOK) are hosting a Lenten Quiet Day on Saturday, February 24 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm here at Grace Church.  Parishioner Lori Perrine will be leading participants in reflection and mediation as we seek to prepare from within as part of Lent.  All are welcome to attend.  If you are interested in participating or want more information, please contact Cheryl Peterson at cheryl.peterson@ana.org or
301-580-5327.

Categories Lent and Holy Week, Uncategorized | Tags: | Posted on February 14, 2018

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Grace Episcopal Church
Grace Church Road, located off of Georgia Ave. in downtown Silver Spring, near the intersection of Georgia Ave. and 16th Street.

The church office will be open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. After hours you may leave a message on the answering machine, which will direct you to individual voice mail boxes for members of the church staff.

Telephone: Parish Office: 301.585.3515; Parish Fax: 301.585.4309

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1607 Grace Church Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 585-3515