For the full Lenten schedule including classes, click here.
Lent and Easter Worship
- Wednesday, March 6 Ash Wednesday
Liturgy – noon and 7:00 p.m.
- Wednesdays, March 13-April 10
5:30 p.m. Chapel Eucharist
- Palm Sunday, April 14
7:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist
8:30 a.m. Pancake
9:30 m.m. Stuart Circle Parishes
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
and Passion Gospel
5:30 p.m. Jazz Mass
- Monday-Wednesday, April 15-17
5:30 p.m. Chapel Eucharist
- Maundy Thursday, April 18
7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist and Foot washing
- Good Friday, April 19
noon and 7:00 p.m. Good Friday liturgy
- Easter Sunday, April 21
7:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Festival Holy Eucharist
11:15 a.m. Festival Holy Eucharist
- Office Closed
Reopening April 24
Lent is a season of examination and discipleship, repentance and renewal, and our new approach to this season stiches together study and reflection intended to deepen the spiritual bonds between ourselves and Christ, as we approach the cross together.
On Ash Wednesday, March 6, we will hold two services, noon and 7:00 p.m, in the sanctuary to begin the season. The Reverend Laura Inscoe will be our preacher.
Saturday, March 9, the Reverend Dr. Mark Cooper will lead a Lenten Retreat that centers on Mindfulness Meditation, a subject in which he is our resident expert. Learn what mindfulness meditation is and its benefits to the whole self – mind, body and spirit. The cost to attend is $25 (make your check payable to St. James’s Church), which includes snacks and lunch.
One new addition to Lent, the Adult Confirmation Class, will include five weeks of classes and other study and replaces Pilgrims Path, which was held twice a year. This includes, starting Sunday March 10, our main Sunday adult formation that all parisioners are encouraged to attend in Lent entitled “Episcopal Church 101” covering the basic tenets and convictions of our faith. People who sign up for this class, which runs until Holy Week, will also meet on Wednesday nights after our Fellowship Dinner to discuss these topics, as well as participate in Bible study and prayer. This series prepares new members for confirmation, reception or reaffirmation in the Episcopal faith.
Wednesdays, we will hold our 5:30 p.m. chapel service as usual, and then the Fellowship Dinner and Study. For parishioners not in the confirmation track, our “Faith-based Civic Engagement” series will focus on “living out our faith” as members of our community.
Reverend Hilary Streever notes, “Many Christians wonder how can I live out my faith in the community or the public square and certainly the answer is unique to each Christian.”
“During Lent, we will hear from five agencies how they have heard the Good News and translated it into action in our community by caring for our neighbors,” she explains.
Additional special services and events in Lent will add a rich context to these discussions of faith and action. On March 24 at 3:30 p.m., we will convene our second 2019 Interfaith Dialogue with our neighbors at Beth Ahabah in their sanctuary, where we will discuss the content of Yizkor Requiem that will be sung by the Richmond Choral Society in that space at 4:00 p.m. Yizkor Requiem was composed by Thomas Beveridge as a liturgical and musical conversation between Judaism and Christianity. This free concert will bring a chorus and orchestra into the historic sanctuary at Congregation Beth Ahabah.
Throughout the season, clergy and Education for Ministry students will reflect on the Gospel of Luke in our God in Your Inbox email series. If you have not yet signed up for this forty days of scripture and spiritual contemplation, simply visit the doers.org website and click Subscribe to Our Email.