Lent began on March 1, with Ash Wednesday. The full brochure describing worship and programs is at this link. Highlights include:
Daily Morning Prayer will be offered Monday-Friday beginning, March 2. It will be held in the Columbarium Chapel of the Resurrection from 8:10-8:30 a.m. This is a wonderful way to begin your day. Read more about it here.
Our Wednesday Lenten evenings will be held March 15, 22, and 29. They begin with dinner at 5:45 p.m. The program is from 6:15-7:00 p.m., followed by Compline. Child care is provided. The program, “One Nation Under God: Religion’s Influence on U.S. Foreign Policy” will be led by Dr. Cary Blankenship. This three-part series examines the historical role of religion and religious ideas on the development and implementation of American foreign policy. The brochure linked above gives a full description.
“Give Outside the Mite Box” is a special Lenten practice this year. Mite boxes in the shape of our church will be available to use for collecting your daily or weekly offerings. As you practice this offering we ask you to think outside our GHTC “box” and pray for those who live in our neighborhood – out of doors and exposed to the elements. Prior to Palm Sunday, we encourage you to use your offering money to buy a poncho, umbrella, raincoat, or boots to give to those we serve through our Red Door Ministries program. Bring them to church on Palm Sunday.
Reading Together: Everyone is invited to read Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. The 2016-17 VCU Common Read book examines the redeeming potential of mercy. Stevenson was a young attorney when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, dedicated to defending the poor,, wrongly condemned, and those trapped in the furthest reaches of our criminal justice system.
Sarah Kye Price, our seminarian and Professor of Social Work at VCU, will lead a discussion of the book at the Sunday Adult Forum on April 2.
On Wednesday, April 12, Sarah will lead a tour of the art exhibit Art 180: Performing Statistics in VCU’s Cabell Library. Lunch will be served here at noon and then we will go to the exhibit together.
Sunday Meditations will be offered at 4:00 p.m. Join our Episcopal Campus Ministry students for a time of reflection and meditation, and then stay for the 5:00 p.m. service.
Read more about the holy season of Lent, includes customs and history, at this link.