This Lent as an Opportunity
From the time you receive this month's Messenger, Ash Wednesday will be only a couple of weeks away. This year, Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day are on February 14. This year we have a unique opportunity to deepen our spiritual lives during Lent. We have been invited to participate in a guided process of reflection and prayer, "Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John", as we explore and deepen our relationship with the Jesus revealed to us in the writings of St. John the Evangelist.
The Diocese of Vermont and the Brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist have made available to each of us a printed Prayer Journal. And for those available to receive emails, additional inspiration will be available in the form of daily reflections by the Brothers of SSJE.
Also, at All Saints, we will have a weekly gathering around the lunch hour each Tuesday (beginning February 13) to share with one another impressions,inspirations, and insights which have emerged as each has reflected on the daily scripture verse in the Journal. Gathering each week will give us an opportunity to benefit from the rich experience of growing together in our faith as community. Carole Wageman and David Hamilton will be co-facilitators of what Carole likes to call, "The Lunch Bunch".
"Lunch Bunch" Tuesdays Noon to 1:30 PM
February 13 - "God is Love"
February 20 - "The Word Became Flesh"
February 27 - "Close to the Father's Heart'
March 6 - "I Have Called You Friends"
March 13 - "Abide in Me"
March 20 - "I Declare to You"
The opportunity of benefiting from "Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John" is open to all. to access the daily videos from the Brothers, which begin on February 11, sign up on the website: www.meetingjesusinjohn.org. (When you reach the website, scroll down to the sign-up form and put in your info). The individual experience of recording your reflections in the Prayer Journal can be fruitful even if you cannot receive the daily videos and/or cannot attend the Tuesday noon gatherings.
I hope that you will be able to participate in this unique opportunity to deepen your relationship with God.