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Service Schedule for Lent, Holy Week and Beyond

February 23, 2012

For a list of all services for Lent and beyond, please check the Activities page.

“And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves,
but for him who died and was raised for them.
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view;* even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view,* we know him no longer in that way.
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away;
see, everything has become new!”
-2 Corinthians 5:15-17 NRSV

As I sit at my desk, I look out and dream about the possibility of spring. It may only be the middle of February and yet I can see puddles everywhere! The sky is a clear deep blue and the sun warms your face when you look up. Even the air has that tinge of “spring freshness” to it. You just have to make sure to concentrate on the freshness and not the smell of whatever was hidden under the snow. The days are becoming longer and longer and the sun climbs ever higher in the sky. The long wait for spring surely cannot be that far away. Amazingly spring with its promise, its expectation, its newness, its hope is a lot like the presence of God. Just when you least expect it, God pops up to shake us awake. Just when we can’t take the dark days any longer, God pours out strength and courage, the determination to get through another day. And yet as I continue to write this to you, the clouds have gathered and hail is bouncing off the church roof! Once again that is God for you: always offering hope, sometimes having to wait, living with expectation, but in time God always, always delivers.

During Lent, the time of waiting and expectation, we at St. Paul’s have many wonderful things to draw you into the beauty and mystery of the season: from exploring the work of the Holy Spirit in modern day healing to exploring the Passover through a Sedar meal, to living our Easter faith through humour on the Sunday after Easter. God is always active in a call and response dance that humanity has engaged in with the divine since the dawn of time. God is good and we are God’s people.

Promises made and promises kept. Thanks be to God.

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