Lent & Holy Week @ Grace Church

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 26.

Annual Pancake Supper – Tuesday, February 25
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 Pastor Kevin Antonio.

Ash Wednesday – Wednesday, February 26
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. “Ashes to Go” will also be provided at both entrances of the Silver Spring Metro Station from 7:15 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.

Pretzel Sunday – Sunday, March 1
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!

Sense-Ational Lent Class – Wednesdays in Lent (March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1)
Traditionally, Lent is a season of self-denial in the hope that our relationship with God will benefit. The Senseational Lent course invites you to focus not on denial of the senses, but rather on heightening the senses to become more in touch with God. Wednesdays in Lent, Rev. Amanda will emphasize one of the five senses and explore it through the lens of the Holy Week scriptures. See how highlighting the sense of sound can provide new insights to Palm Sunday. Explore how your sense of taste can open up new meanings of the Last Supper. This class meets in the Chapel. Contact Rev. Amanda for more information.

Lenten Book Group – Sundays, March 8 & 15
Parishioners in the Wade in the Water e-mail list have selected How To Be Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi for this year’s focus of study and reflection, as we strive to Become the Beloved Community. Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America – but even more fundamentally, it points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. Get the book, start reading and mark your calendars to join us for two lunchtime book group sessions: March 8 and March 15.

Lenten Quiet Day – Saturday, March 28 @ 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to dive deeper into prayer and how prayer can feed the spirit every day? The Lenten Quiet Day will help us to prepare for life in this world as it is now.  Consider how being in prayer, open and aware of the presence of God, prepares us to walk in this world with an uplifted, confident spirit and heart. Please join us to learn and practice different approaches to prayer that can be used throughout our daily lives.  Hosted by the Daughters of the King, the day will include materials and lunch. Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Undercroft.

Palm Sunday – Sunday, April 5 @ 8:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 5:30 p.m.
We remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem with three worship services. All services include the reading of the Passion and Holy Communion. Please note that our second service begins at 10:15 a.m. with a procession around the neighborhood. Families with children are invited to arrive early to meet a donkey similar to the one Jesus rode into Jerusalem.

Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 9 @ 6:30 p.m. (Supper) & 7:30 p.m. (Service)
We commemorate Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples by having our own light dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by a worship service at 7:30 p.m. The service features the washing of feet, Holy Communion and the Stripping of the Altar.

Good Friday – Friday, April 10 @ 12:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
We recall the day Christ died upon the cross with two services.

Easter Egg Dyeing – Saturday, April 11 @ 12:00 p.m.
Bring a dozen hard boiled eggs, a dozen pre-filled plastic eggs, and your family & friends, and join us as we dye Easter eggs in the Undercroft.  Dye will be provided.

Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 12 @ 7:45 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 5:30 p.m.
Four festival services celebrate Chris’s resurrection and victory over the grave. The 7:45 service features Easter music, sermon and Holy Communion. The 9:15 service is designed to be family-friendly and features our Children’s Choir, as well as a homily geared toward our youngest worshippers. Families and children should be sure to bring some flowers from home to decorate the cross at this service. The 11:15 a.m. service is a grand Easter celebration with our Adult Choir, sermon and Holy Communion. The 5:30 p.m. service brings Easter Sunday to a close with great music, sermon and Communion.

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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