Lent at St. Andrew’s

Worship and other presentations are offered at standrewkc.org/live-worship, on Facebook, and on YouTube unless otherwise noted.

Learning Opportunities

Sermon Series, Book Study – Love is the Way
Begins February 21

Next Sunday, Feb. 21, we’ll begin a parish book study of Love is the Way by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. Our study will include a sermon series through the first five Sundays of Lent, as well as a discussion during virtual Coffee Hour after both the 8:00 and 10:15 a.m. services. Here’s the schedule, with the chapters for each week’s discussion and the Gospel reading for that Sunday. (You’ll notice we aren’t covering the chapters sequentially; that’s so we can align our discussion with the appointed weekly Gospel readings.)

  • Feb. 21: What is love, and how do I find its power? (chapters 1, 2, 3; Mark 1:9-15)
  • Feb. 28: God’s instrument – me? (chapters 4, 5, 6; Mark 8:31-38)
  • March 7: Love in the public sphere (chapters 11, 12; John 2:13-22)
  • March 14: Love and the divided heart – mine and ours (chapters 8, 10; John 3:14-21)
  • March 21: Who must I love? (chapters 7, 9; John 12:20-33)

We don’t want anything to stand in the way of your getting a copy; so, if you’d like the church to order one for you, just email Fr. John.

Civil Discourse: A Lenten Discipline
Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace
Tuesdays, Feb. 23, March 2, March 9, March 23, and March 30, 5:30 to 7 p.m., on Zoom.

This Lent, we’ll be beating the boundaries of difference and learning to love people who aren’t like us through a class on civil discourse, offered by the Advocacy Discernment Committee. “Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace” will take place Tuesdays, Feb. 23, March 2, March 9, March 23, and March 30, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., on Zoom. In a time of deepening divisiveness, the Church is called to be an instrument of reconciliation and unity – and that starts with each of us. This class will help us learn the art of civil discourse through videos and discussions.

For more information or to sign up, contact Junior Warden Ann Rainey. (annraineylpc@gmail.com).

Thursdays, March 18 through April 29, 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Zoom.

We’ll learn about following Jesus in the Episcopal tradition, exploring where we’ve come from, who we are, why we worship with a prayer book, what the Sacraments are all about, and what our creeds and baptismal promises mean for our lives. It’s a great introduction if you’re new to this tradition, and it’s a great refresher if Confirmation class was a few years ago. For more information or to sign up, contact Cheryl Cementina (cheryl@standrewkc.org).

Lent at Home for Families – The Jesus Tree

Families will receive Lent-at-Home kits delivered to their homes. The kits will use Bible readings, prayers, and activities to walk families through the life of Jesus. For more information or to sign up, contact Jean Long (jean@standrewkc.org).

Small Groups for Youth, College, 20s & 30s

Groups will meet on Zoom weekly to share their Lenten journeys based on daily Lenten devotions. Times will vary by group. For more information or to sign up, contact Jean Long (jean@standrewkc.org).

Tools for Individual Spiritual Practice

The Good Book Club is reading the Old Testament prophets Hosea, Amos, and Micah. Daily summaries come by email or text and are posted on Facebook. To sign up, contact Fr. John (frjohn@standrewkc.org).

A Morning at the Office – daily audio Morning Prayer from Forward Movement, available wherever you get your podcasts.

Forward Day By Day – daily reflections available in a printed pamphlet at church or as a podcast.

Morning Prayer or Evening Prayer from Mission St. Clare, with readings and music provided.

Daily e-mailed reflections from Episcopal Relief and Development about serving Christ in the least of his brothers and sisters.

Daily e-mailed reflections from renowned spiritual authors Richard Rohr or Frederick Buechner.

Prayer apps for your phone: There are many apps available, all with different strengths and weaknesses. Most of them are named “Daily Office,” which makes it tricky to sort them out. So, here are a couple suggestions:

  • Daily Office (Common Prayer Where You Are): This app gives you abbreviated Morning and Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) with an option to read the Scripture appointed for that day. This app gives you a good feel for the Daily Office; it has a lot of options but isn’t too complicated.
  • Daily Prayer App (A Guide to Spiritual Rhythm): This app is loosely based on the BCP Daily Office but with a streamlined experience. It’s beautiful and very simple to use.
  • Mission St. Clare (Praying the Daily Office): An app version of the website mentioned above.

Sunset Concert Series (a lighter Lenten moment)

Boys of the Prairie Celtic Band
Sunday, March 21, 5 p.m.

Done-in-a-Day Service Opportunity

Andie’s Pantry – in-person anti-hunger event with Benjamin Banneker Elementary
Saturday, April 3, time TBD

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Special Worship

Choral Evensong and Postlude Recital from St. Andrew’s Singers
Sunday, Feb. 21, 5 p.m.

Choral Evensong and Postlude Recital, “The Seven Last Words of Christ,”
Sunday, March 7, 5 p.m.

Palm Sunday
March 28, 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. (with dramatic presentation of “In His Steps” at 10:15)

We’ll remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem leading not to worldly kingship but to the glory of the cross. In the church, you’ll see palms and palm crosses to be blessed on a table decorated with a cross and flowing red fabric. In your sacred space, you might place a candle and a cross on some red fabric, and you might cut a small branch from a tree in your yard to set in honor before Jesus. You might also include some token of royal status – perhaps something gold or an image of a crown.

Maundy Thursday Worship and All-Night Watch
April 1, 8 p.m. and through the night, livestreamed from the chapel; possible outdoor location, too

We’ll remember the two iconic moments from Jesus’ last gathering with his friends – washing their feet in humble service and promising to be with them always in the bread and wine, his own Body and Blood. In the church, you’ll see a table covered with a white cloth, and on it will be two focal points: a bowl and towel to represent the foot-washing, and a paten and chalice to represent Holy Communion. In your sacred space, on a white cloth, you might place a small bowl and towel, as well as a plate and cup, from your home. As worship ends, the focus will shift to the Garden of Gethsemane altar of repose, where the reserved sacrament will rest through the night. The livestream will remain on all night, and you can watch with Jesus virtually at whatever hour works for you.

Good Friday Stations of the Cross
April 2, 1 p.m.

Experience the mystery of Jesus’ death on the cross with a video of our Stations of the Cross, which you can access anytime that day

Good Friday Solemn Liturgy
April 2, 8 p.m.

In the church, you’ll see the stark wooden cross adorned with the crown of thorns. In your sacred space, you might place a cross on a black cloth or with black draping. You could surround it with bare sticks or thorns, or perhaps three large nails.

Holy Saturday Prayers
April 3, 8 a.m.

Our “8-1-8 Prayers” at 8 a.m. will be the brief liturgy for Holy Saturday – a spare service of readings and prayers reflecting on the time creation spent in silence while Jesus lay in the tomb. Your sacred space might retain the elements from the night before, with the cross still dominating the scene; or you might strip everything away, with only a black cloth and an extinguished candle marking the emptiness.

Great Vigil of Easter, Holy Saturday
April 3, 8 p.m.

We’ll offer a pared-down version of the Easter Vigil. Typically, this service moves from the near-darkness of the paschal candle’s flame, through readings from the Old Testament setting the stage for Easter’s salvation, through Holy Baptism, and finally – with the church suddenly bathed in light – the first Eucharist of Easter. Given the stay-at-home order, we won’t celebrate baptism or Eucharist; so, the Vigil will conclude with us reaffirming our baptismal vows and waiting eagerly for the joy of resurrection the next morning. In the church, you’ll see the paschal candle burning in the near-darkness, as well as the baptismal font. In your sacred space, you might place a new candle on your black cloth, to be lit along with the new paschal candle, as well as a bowl of water to remind you of your baptism.

Easter Sunday Festival Worship
April 4, 8 and 10:15 a.m.

Finally, our Holy Week pilgrimage comes to its glorious exclamation point on Easter morning, April 4. We will have a trumpet and a soloist (appropriately distanced) along with Dr. Tom Vozzella at the organ, helping us proclaim the glory of life made new. In the church, you’ll see lilies and other spring flowers adorning the font, the paschal candle, and the altar. In your sacred space, you might place your new candle and a cross on the finest white linen you own, with flowers from your yard adorning the scene and reflecting the transformed reality of resurrection: An instrument of death becomes our way of eternal life.

Worship and other presentations are offered at standrewkc.org/live-worship, on Facebook, and on YouTube unless otherwise noted.