St. Margaret of Scotland is a family called by Christ to grow spiritually, to share life with others and to make known His love through word and deed.St. Margaret is also a parish for all people:
- for those who need a church home
- for those who mourn and want comfort
- for those who are lonely and want companionship
- for those who pray and those who don't
- for those who believe and those who doubt
- for those who are searching for God
- for those who have not felt welcome in other communities of faith
- and for all in need of God's presence and love
As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person. We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting. Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church. We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer. All are invited to find a spiritual home at St. Margaret.
YOU MUST READ THIS
Lent is more than looking at bad behavior.
Doing only that misses the point.
Yes, the Practice of Lent is about looking at sin, BUT SIN IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK IT IS!
We think sin is doing wrong deeds. NO. The actual biblical word used for sin means to miss the mark --- to be something we are not.
And what is that?
Being made in the image of God means we have access to what it means to be God. Nothing wrong with this. It is part of who we are as humans.
Are you still with me?
What happens is that we ease God out of our lives as we try to fashion our own gods, either out of ourselves or something else. It is this easing God out of our lives that is sin. It has a name. Idolatry. It is this that keeps God distant.
So. I suggest making the practice of Lent a looking into those parts of our lives that seem empty and meaningless and ask why they are so empty. Because emptiness is not God punishing us for our sin but us walking away from the God who created us and who wants into our lives.
Don't look at actions alone. They are the result of what and who we are inside.
TO HELP YOU DO THIS we offer an open discussion based on the book ENJOYING THE PRESENCE OF GOD during our Wednesday evening gathering.
You should have received, in another mailing, a Devotional Guide for Lent. Use it. Daily read the passages and the meditation. Henri Nouwen is a great author who makes deep things easy and rewarding. It is worth making this part of your practice of Lent.
The Practice of Lent begins March 5 with Ash Wednesday, that time when we bring to mind our dependence on God for light and life. Noon and 7:00.
Lent concludes 5 weeks later with Holy Week, that time we journey with Jesus to the cross, that event that opens for you and me great grace.
Saturday April 12 is our annual Seder, when we honor the journey of Israel with God through the desert.
Sunday April 13 is Palm Sunday. This is the day we walk with Jesus into Jerusalem as he moves towards his impending death at our hands.
Maundy Thursday, April 17 celebrates the new law of love where we take a moment to reflect on our choice to live toward others as God has lived toward each of us. At that service we strip the altar in preparation for Good Friday. A very moving experience. 6:00 light supper service begins at 7:00
Good Friday, April 18 is the climax of Holy Week. You may ask why such a day is "good" when we reflect on Jesus' death and what it means for you and me. Come and see. Noon and 7:00.
Then comes Easter, the victory of God's grace. The Resurrection is what life lived with God is all about. The Resurrection is about meaningful living.
The Practice of Lent is to be part of a journey that involves our lives and God's presence in it. Like any practice, the more you do it the better you get.
So. Dig in. Dig in---- deep. It's worth it.
|EVENT CALENDAR||SIGN UP SHEET||LAY SCHEDULE|