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Resources for our Lenten Wilderness Journey

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Grace and peace be with you these Lenten days…

I was encouraged by several people to share some of the resources in my Lenten Wilderness Backpack that I referred to in my homily on this First Sunday in Lent.

The first resource is the Bible.  I encourage you to read the Gospel of Luke or pick up a Forward Day By Day which has scripture references for each day as part of your daily prayer and reflection.

The second resource is The Book of Common Prayer, 1979.  I read part of the Bidding Prayer from the Service of Ash Wednesday which begins on page 265.  I also suggested that it might be helpful to pray through the Litany of Penitence which begins on page 267 and focus on one or more of the petitions.

There are several resources that I have used over the last few years.  One that fun and educational is Lenten Madness 2016.  It is an opportunity to learn about the Holy Women and Holy Men who have gone before us then vote for your favorite along with many other folks across the country and planet.  The bracket gets narrowed down to Elate Eight, then to the Faithful Four.  You can find out more about Lenten Madness 2016 at this URL address http://www.lentmadness.org/category/lent-madness-2016/ and I hope enjoy it.

Another resource that I begin my day with during Lent is a spiritual exercise prepared by the Society of St. John the Evangelist called Growing a Rule of Life which includes a daily video and reflection question and a workbook that you can download.  You can sign up for this program at this URL address http://www.ssje.org/ and join many others engaged in this spiritual practice.

Another initiative sponsored by the Forward Movement is a program designed by the Theology Committee of the House of Bishops entitled Repairing the Breach:  Discipleship & Mission in a Global Economy.  There are daily meditations by various authors which you can subscribe to at http://repairingthebreach.forwardmovement.org/ and I encourage you to share your reflections with all of us.

Lastly, it has become our custom at St. Luke’s to identify a Lenten Project, locally, nationally or globally that we encourage those who wish to participate in as part of the giving of alms.  This year’s theme is Creation Care and our Lenten Project is in collaboration with Quarry Hill Nature Center.  If it is part of your Lenten Practice to set aside a financial contribution, you can support Scholarships for Summer Camp or help fund books for their Children’s Library or make a gift to support Youth Programming at Quarry Hill.  Brochures are available on the table in the Church Entryway and on our website at this address https://stlukesepiscopal.org/outreach/nationalglobal-outreach-opportunities/lenten-outreach-project/ under Outreach.

Every blessing,

Douglas

Serving as Rector / Pastor

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