Episcopal Churches Join Together to Offer Lenten Series

This Lent the people of St. Matthew’s will be joining together with at six other East Metro Episcopal congregations to explore what God might be calling us to do together to care for God’s creation more intentionally as we live into Jesus’ Way of love. Lent begins on February 26 with Ash Wednesday services at St. Matthew’s at noon and 5:30 pm.

The kickoff session for this series will take place on Thursday, March 5 from 7-8:30 pm at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Roseville. It will be preceded by a soup supper from 6-7 pm. Professor Mark McInroy will lead the opening session. He teaches modern theology at St. Thomas University, with a focus on Balthasar’s aesthetic theology, which has a lot to say about our relationship to Christ and creation. For more information about Professor McInroy you may click on the following link: https://www.stthomas.edu/theology/faculty/mark-mcinroy.html.

The closing session will also be at St. Christopher’s on Thursday, April 2 from 7-8:30 pm, with a soup supper available from 6-7. At that session there will be a brief presentation, and members of all six participating churches will share their small group learnings and insights, including what they think the Holy Spirit might be calling us to do together in the days ahead to care for God’s creation and respond to global warming.

Between the opening and closing large group sessions you have the opportunity to participate in three small group meetings to discuss Stephanie McDyre Johnson’s book How Can I care for Creation?, the Episcopal Catechism of Creation, scripture passages about God’s creation, and how some of the Way of Love practices can assist us as we seek to participate in the Holy Spirit’s work to heal and preserve the earth for future generations. Small groups will be offered on Tuesday evenings (March 3, 17, and 31 from 7-8:30 pm), Wednesday during the day (March 4, 18, and 25 from 10:30-11:45 am), and Sunday evenings (March 8, 22, and 29 from 5:30-7 pm). Dave McEachron and Gwen Powell will facilitate the Tuesday night group, Blair Pogue will facilitate the Wednesday day group, and Maggie Nancarrow and Laura Perticara will facilitate the Sunday evening group.

Each Sunday in February Michelle Chiezah will be in the Parish Hall after the 10:30 am service selling copies of How Can I Care for Creation for $10. A daily devotional book, For the Beauty of the Earth by Leah Schade (not required for the small groups but a great Lent resource) is also available for $5. On Michelle’s table you can sign up for a small group, pick up copies of the Episcopal Catechism of Creation, and pick up copies of the Episcopal Way of Love. Blair will staff a similar table after the 5:30 service and the Wednesday noon Eucharist.

Hope you can join us for this very special Lenten offering! Please contact Blair Pogue to sign up for a small group or if you have any questions at rector@stmatthewsmn.org.