The journey of Christian formation begins with baptism. But baptism is the beginning and Christian formation does not end with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children or Journey to Adulthood for youth. No Christian ever “graduates” from the Church, even in death.
The Lenten Season is an opportunity to recommit to our baptismal promises, particularly those promises which call us to deeper learning and formation: “to continue in the apostles’ teaching…” (Book of Common Prayer, 304).
There are many opportunities at St. Peter’s to engage in study and prayer this Lent. The Parish Hall Forum continues every Sunday, alongside an Adult Bible Study in the Second Floor Conference Room. During the week many gather for a Monday Night Bible Study in the Parish House, the Wednesday Lenten Series with Evening Prayer in the Chapel, the once monthly Social Justice Film Series, and various other offerings found in the Life at St. Peter’s Magazine insert, in the parish e-news, and on the website. There are also Lenten study materials found in public spaces on parish grounds.
If you have an opportunity to join us for one of these many formation offerings, please do. If your schedule does not permit your participation, please consider developing your own study through materials provided in public spaces. It’s never too late for formation this Lent!
These formation offerings are made available to deepen our study as we approach Holy Week and Easter. But for Episcopalians, the greatest formation opportunity is the liturgy. In the next two weeks we will enter the climax of the Christian year: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. Please do not miss the opportunity to pray in dark Gethsemane, to stand at the foot of the Cross, and to encounter the empty tomb. The journey of Holy Week is so important because it is potentially transformative for the Christian disciple. Journey with us and encounter Love that is stronger than death.
The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector