Worship during Lent

By on February 11, 2018

The Abiding Presence community of faith gathers every Sunday at 9:30 am for worship. The Sundays of Lent are not counted among the forty days of the season because each Lord’s Day is understood to be a ‘little Easter.’ Sundays are a time to celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ even when we abstain from the word ‘Alleluia’ and our worship takes on a more somber tone. Sunday worship will include a Kyrie and Gospel Acclamation that are new to us, and we will sing the response to the intercessions while quietly humming as the petitions are offered. Gospel readings will focus on the temptation of Jesus, his first passion prediction, the cleansing of the temple, and the paradox of what is dead as the source of life.
On the Wednesdays of Lent we will enjoy a soup supper at 6:15 pm, and gather in the sanctuary for Taize Evening Prayer at 6:45 pm. We are familiar with the music of Taize (a center for pilgrimage and prayer in France) for its easily remembered repetitive songs. We’ll follow the pattern for Evening Prayer with songs from Taize comprising most of the music of the service. Scripture readings will focus on the Old Testament readings that will be heard at the Easter Vigil, helping us to be prepared for celebrating the Vigil of Easter as a part of the Great Three Days of Holy Week. Worship will also include a time for prayer around the cross with candle lighting and individual prayer. Come for a meditative and meaningful opportunity for midweek worship.
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