During this season of Lent, we are going to practice an ancient style of prayer and spiritual disciplines. We will begin our worship services in quiet meditation with the ring of a bell calling us to worship.
We will then be instructed to face the acolyte as he or she brings the light of Christ into our midst. A bell will ring after the Christ candle is lit.
Our worship will continue with the ancient practice of the Prayer of St. Ignatius called the Examen. It’s essentially a personal prayer of reflection with directions: Ask God for light, give thanks, review the day, face your shortcomings and look forward to the day to come. After a few moments of silent and responsive prayer, we will continue the worship with our opening hymn and proceed with a slightly altered order of worship.
Each week we will have a prayer station or prayer practice for anyone to practice. We are including the children in our Lenten journey. Children and their families are invited to take part in the Journey to Easter, by completing a special passport and taking part in daily devotions.
The spirit of this worship service is to create moments and space for personal and communal prayer. The tone of worship will start quiet and conclude with the joyfulness of the Easter resurrection to come.