Lent & Easter 2024

Dear Friends,

The season of Lent offers us a 40 day pilgrimage from Ashes to Alleluia, from confessing our sin to beholding the wonder and mystery of God’s grace. Our pilgrimage takes us into the wilderness to confront our inner demons. It brings us face to face with familiar stories and much-loved passages of Scripture. Ultimately, it brings us to the foot of the Cross, where we kneel in awe and wonder at a Love that seems to know no bounds.

May we walk that Way of the Cross together this Lent. And may you find Christ to be your closest companion as you do. It’s his wondrous love that sets us off on this journey and that leads us home, bringing us each and all to the joy of Easter.

With my love and prayers,

The Rev. Ryan Fleenor, Rector

Find Your Inspiration In These 40 Days

Consider how we may walk the way of the Cross together in this season of repentance, re-dedication and renewal. We hope you will participate in our program offerings and make plans to worship with us during Lent, Holy Week, and Easter.

Ash Wednesday – Wednesday, February 14

Lent is a time of repentance, re-dedication, and renewal: a 40-day season of penitential preparation for Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday, a day of particular solemnity as we begin our Lenten journey. Please join us for worship on this holy day.

Services of Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes

  • 8AM in the Chapel, spoken
  • 12PM in the Chapel, with hymns
  • 5PM in the Chapel, a brief service perfect for children & families
  • 7PM in the Church, with choir and hymns and live-streamed

“Ashes to Go”The Imposition of Ashes will be offered to commuters at the Noroton Heights train station from 6:30 AM.

Lenten Quiet Day

“The Attraction of the Cross” led by Martin Smith on Saturday, February 24 | 9AM – 3PM

Taking our cue from Jesus’ words “I, when I am lifted up from the earth will draw all people to myself” (John 12:32), we will devote this time together to reflect on the way Jesus’ self-giving on the cross gives meaning to our own lives and a map for our journey. This gift of meaning and direction is the secret of living seriously and joyfully. Fr Martin will give three talks to stimulate our prayer and thought, and we will cherish this rare occasion to be quiet together. Our time will close with an opportunity for questions and sharing.

The Rev. Martin L. Smith is well known in the Episcopal Church and beyond as a retreat leader, writer and preacher, exploring a contemporary spirituality that seeks to find resources in Scripture and our mystical traditions that deepen our response to contemporary challenges. Among his best loved books are A Season for the Spirit, The Word is Very Near You, Reconciliation, and Love Set Free.

All are welcome! RSVP at the office 203-655-1456.

The Way of the Cross

Fridays at 12:30 PM from February 16 – March 22 and at 8 AM on Good Friday, March 29 | in the Church

The Saint Luke’s Parish Stations of the Cross, composed of fourteen framed woodcuts, depict the sorrow and agony of Christ’s Passion. “Walking” this path each Friday is a powerful and meaningful Lenten practice. All are welcome!

Discovery Hour: Six Perspectives on Jesus’s Passion & Resurrection

Sunday mornings in Lent | 9AM in the Parish Hall

This Lent, we will explore the story of Jesus’s death and resurrection in a new way, focusing on six characters and what their unique perspective on Jesus’s passion might teach us about what the story means for us today. Each week, our clergy will offer a close reading of the gospel texts, focusing on Pontius Pilate, Peter, Barabas, the Two Thieves, the Centurion, and Mary and the Beloved Disciple. Join us to see how your perspective just might be changed this Lent.

Lenten Book Group: “This Here Flesh”

Beginning February 14 |Sundays at 11:15AM in the Taylor Room or Wednesdays at 12 Noon on Zoom

Join us for a Lenten Book discussion of “This Here Flesh: Spirituality, Liberation & The Stories That Make Us” by Cole Arthur Riley. This book group is sponsored by TOUR – Transforming Our Understanding of Race. Join us for either in-person discussions on Sunday mornings, led by the Rev. Hannah Pommershiem, or for a virtual book group discussion, led by the Rev. Dawn Stegelmann, which is perfect if you are traveling this spring. Email [email protected] for a Zoom link.

Family Evensong

Saturday, March 2 | 5 PM | The Church & Parish Hall

Come enjoy Saint Luke’s Choristers & Adult Choir as they sing Family Evensong together. After the service, we will gather for a reception in the Parish Hall, where children are invited to fill Easter Baskets to be distributed by Person to Person.

Lenten Discussion Group: “Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent”

Thursdays, beginning February 15 | 7-8:15 PM | Taylor Room

Join us, your fellow ‘wonderers’, as we journey through Lent. Facilitated by parishioners John Wall and Jen Kepner, we will begin each session sharing the ‘heart of our week’ before discussing a reflection from Richard Rohr’s “Wondrous Encounters”, designed to aid us in re-discovering our own belovedness in our encounters with God. We will close by saying Compline together. Can’t commit each week? That’s fine! The discussions are designed to stand alone. All are invited!

Youth Lenten Programming

Youth programs will focus on “Growing a Rule of Life” during Lent, working inwardly on preparing our hearts for Easter and outwardly with our Master Gardener to prepare the SLP Unity Garden for Spring. Special Events include:

  • Feb 14 from 6:30-8PM — 6th to12th Grade Dinner in the Parish Hall and Ash Wednesday Service
  • Mar 28-29 from 7PM-8:30AM — 6th to12th Grade Holy Week Lock-in. Stay tuned for more details!

For Children & Families

Children are always welcome in worship, and on Holy Days we offer Children’s Services that are shorter and include a sermon tailored for kids.

New this year – We will offer Children’s Services in the AYCC at 3:30 PM for Maundy Thursday on 3/28, Good Friday on 3/29 & The Easter Vigil on 3/30. These services are crafted specifically so our youngest parishioners can learn the mystery and joy of Easter! Perfect for families!

And please join us for one or both Easter Egg Hunts on the lawn at Saint Luke’s!

Saturday, March 30, after 3:30 PM worship, and Easter Sunday, after 9:15 AM worship. BYOB (basket)!

Holy Week Worship Schedule

Saint Luke’s offers a full schedule of Holy Week services, in person and online, including services tailored especially for children and families. Find details here.