An Invitation to Lent at Christ Church


Feb. 17, 2021: Ash Wednesday at Christ Church from Christ Church Raleigh on Vimeo

Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of the season of Lent. It is a season of prayer, penitence and hope— weaving together the joy and pain of human life. Ash Wednesday reminds us that we are indeed mortal; but the journey of Lent leads us ultimately to the remarkable gift of Easter and the promise of eternal life with God.

Lent is 40 days in duration; the final week is traditionally called “Holy Week,” and begins with Palm Sunday. Holy Week culminates with the Great Three Days, set aside since the 4th century as a unit marking the heart of the church year: Thursday is a remembrance of the Last Supper, and we call it Maundy Thursday (from the Latin mandatum) because Jesus gives us a new commandment: to love one another as he loves us; the following day, Good Friday, Jesus was crucified; and on Easter we celebrate his Resurrection. Something powerful is likely to happen to us when we experience all of the dramatic liturgies of the Lenten season. New life and new hope enter our hearts, minds and souls.

On Ash Wednesday, we are reminded of ways in which we “miss the mark,” and of our utter dependence upon God. With ashes that come from palms burned after last year’s Palm Sunday service, we are marked with the sign of the cross. You are invited to experience this holy season, in all of its fullness, beauty and poignancy, at Christ Church. May you be abundantly fed by the love of God that surpasses all understanding.

Online Worship Services

Sundays at 9 a.m.Each Sunday morning, we will share an online service of prayer, hymns and a sermon. We will send these services to you via email and share them on our website, Facebook and Vimeo pages. If you’d like to be added to our email list, please contact Elizabeth McKinnon.

Bible Study Offerings

Fridays in Lent: Meditations on the Seven Last Words from the Cross
At noon each Friday during Lent, Daniel will lead a 30-minute meditation via Zoom on one of the Seven Last Words from the Cross. We will contemplate on these words using the Lectio Divina method, which incorporates scripture reading and silence. There will be time available for discussion afterwards. To sign up, please use this link.

Feb. 17-March 24: Lenten Study for Women – Wednesdays from 9:45-11 a.m. via Zoom
Join us for a six-week study of Amy-Jill Levine’s book, Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week. This serves as an opportunity to connect with other women while delving deeper into the story of the final week of Jesus’ life. For more information or to sign up, please contact The Rev. Mary Davila.

Young Adults Book Studies
Join Christ Church’s Young(ish) Adults on Thursdays during Lent as they study Bishop Michael Curry’s latest book, Love is the Way. This group will meet via Zoom at 7 p.m. beginning Feb. 18. Email The Rev. Daniel Reeves for details and to sign up.

The Young(ish) Adults will also be studying the book, Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week, on Sunday afternoons during Lent at 4 p.m. The group will begin meeting on Feb. 21.

Bible Works – Tools for Living
God is Love – Join The Rev. Jim Adams for an exploration of two of the New Testament’s Pastoral Letters – 1 & 2 Timothy. These are unique books in that they are addressed, not to a faith community, but to an individual – Timothy, Paul’s “right hand man.” They include guidance and direction for those called to pastoral leadership of Christian communities. Some of our most loved and quoted scriptures come from these fascinating books, and scholars have debated many aspects of them for centuries. Listen to the series here (link).

Young Adults “Lent Madness” Activity

Lent Madness! Want to learn about the saints of the church through an interesting competition? This Lent, the Young Adults at Christ Church will engage in a friendly competition to see who will win the “Golden Halo” of Lent Madness. Please use this form to sign up and receive weekly updates regarding the saintly bracket. For those who participate, we will have final virtual get together to discuss winners, losers and upsets of the tournament.

Lenten Series with Christ Church Clergy

Wednesdays during Lent, Christ Church clergy will share a brief, online homily. This series and online/at-home resources for Lent will be shared via email each week, beginning Feb. 24.

Daily Devotion Emails

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, we’ll share a daily devotion, written by Christ Church parishioners, clergy and staff members, each morning. If you are already on our email list, you’ll automatically receive these messages. If you’d like to be added to receive messages like this from Christ Church, please email Elizabeth McKinnon.

Online Resources

Wendell Berry and the Sabbath Poetry of Lent (e-reader PDF)

The Poetry of Lent: A Lenten Companion to Mary Oliver’s Devotions (e-reader PDF)

At-home prayer for burying the alleluia, a tradition that takes place on the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, which is Feb. 14, 2021.

Episcopal Relief & Development Lenten Meditations

Praying in Color 2021 Lenten Calendar

A Family Lent, by Jerusalem Jackson Greer

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Holy Week