Message from our Rector

 

From the Rector—Lenten Spiritual Practices

       In the holy season of Lent we return to the basics—of Christian faith and of who we are as human beings. “Human” itself alludes to the dust or soil (humus). Ash Wednesday reminds us that dust comprises our bodies and is their destination after death. Lent is a time to look our mortality square in the face, and to renew the spiritual practices that connect us with the God who gives us our very existence and draws us close in Jesus Christ.

Regularly scheduled Morning Prayer (Mon-Fri at 7:30am) and Evening Prayer (Mon-Thur [and sometimes Fridays] at 4:30pm) are modest in duration, yet spiritually significant experiences for those who take part.

The Centering Prayer group, facilitated by Jennifer Michael, continues at 7:00 pm on Mondays, in St. Paul’s on the Mountain Chapel.

We will again hold the popular weekday celebration of Eucharist in the church on Thursdays, March 14-April 11 at 12:15pm. These services will feature a different guest preacher each week, and prayers for healing with those who wish to remain afterward.

Details about this year's Lenten book and discussions, Life in Christ by Julia Gatta, are below

Life in Christ: Practicing Christian Spirituality

 

         Applying her years of experience as pastor and spiritual director combined with her study of the spiritual wisdom of the past, Sewanee’s own Prof. Julia Gatta explores common Christian practices and their underlying theology through an Episcopal lens. With particular reference to scripture, The Book of Common Prayer, and the wisdom of the Christian spiritual tradition, she illuminates methods readers may already be practicing and provides insight and guidance to ones that may be new to them.  “This beautiful book will draw you into the spiritual depths of the sacraments  It will reveal Christ in the midst of your community.  It will transform your experience of Sunday morning.  A must-read,” writes Margaret Benefiel.  

Discussions of the book chapter-by chapter will take place during Lent on Wednesday evenings (6:00-7:30, beginning with a light supper) and Thursday afternoons (1:00-2:00 bag lunch).   Please sign up with Parish Administrator Frieda Hawkins at oteyparish@gmail.com.  If you can’t come to the sessions, you will profit simply from reading the book.  It may be purchased at the University Bookstore (currently in the Bishops’ Common) or online.  

 

 

 

Rob Lamborn