A Holy Lent

"Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting.

This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all
Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word." (from the Book of Common Prayer)

In order to keep a Holy Lent, Church of the Redeemer is offering community gatherings on Wednesdays.  We also encourage everyone in our congregation to observe Lent through whatever disciplines seem best to them.  We recommend reading of Christian spiritual books, the giving up of unnecessary comforts (alcohol, sweets, facebook, etc.), and the taking on of a more committed time of prayer and Bible reading.  

Faithful participation in Sunday morning worship, as well as coming to Wednesday night meetings, are excellent ways to keep a Holy Lent as well.

Please remember that keeping Lent is designed to make more room for the Holy Spirit in your life.  Keeping Lent may or may not lead to feelings of joy, sorrow, happiness, or anger.  You may or may not alienate a friend, have a spiritual experience, lose weight, or feel grouchy at work.  Keeping Lent will not make you more holy or beloved in the eyes of God.  Keeping Lent will not save you.  

Keep Lent anyway.  


Ash Wednesday Services

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 13th. We have three services on Ash Wednesday to accommodate your schedule. The services begin at 7:30 a.m., noon, and 6:30 p.m. The earlier two services should last about 35-40 minutes. The evening service will last about an hour and will include music and childcare. All of the services will have prayers of repentance, a brief message, the imposition of ashes, and Holy Communion. Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting. All Christians who are able are encouraged to refrain from eating on this day.

Wednesdays at Noon

Beginning February 20th, we will offer Holy Eucharist at noon on Wednesdays.  All are welcome.  

Wednesdays of Lent

Beginning Wednesday night February 20th, Church of the Redeemer will offer community Lenten programs at two locations.

At our Abbey (church property), 920 Caldwell Lane, we will have:
  • Stations of the Cross at 6 pm in the Sanctuary
  • Dinner from 6:15-6:45 pm in the Fellowship Hall (downstairs)
  • "Imagination, Beauty, and the Kingdom," a Lenten program for Adults, offered by the Reverends Danny Bryant and Jenna Martin, 6:45-7:45 pm.
  • Youth Group, Club 5/6, Children's Ministries, and childcare for little ones from 6:45-7:45.  
In East Nashville, at First Wesleyan Church, 611 Shelby Ave, we will have:
  • Dinner at 6 pm.
  • Childcare from 6:30-7:30 pm
  • "Lessons from Benedict," a Lenten program based in the monastic way of life, offered by the Reverend Thomas McKenzie
Everyone is invited to join us at either location, and you are encouraged to bring a friend.  There will be five of these Wednesday nights, the first being on February 20th and the last being on March 20th, 2013.