The season of Lent offers us many opportunities to respond to the Lord through various practices and fasts. However, hearing the reading of Matthew 6 on Ash Wednesday, one realizes how easy it is to make a good spiritual practice all about us. Doing so alters the practice. Instead of being a tool to open up our hearts to hear the word of God and accept it, self-centered practices harden us to the Lord. As a way to counter that temptation, we have two opportunities during this season which are designed as places to simply receive the word.
Morning Prayer – on Wednesday mornings at 8:30am we will host Morning Prayer in the chapel at Bethel Seminary. Anglican Morning Prayer is a service crafted by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in the late 1500s as a way to bring the rhythms of the monasteries to the life of the common woman and man in English villages. Since then it has become one of the hallmarks of Anglican spirituality. The service provides a time to confess, hear Scripture, and pray.
Evensong – last year Tess Kelley piloted contemplative prayer services which partnered with InterVarsity student leadership. This Lent we will offer these services again as a time to enter into a contemplative space to hear God’s word and respond with personal prayer and prayer with others.
Pleas join us at one or both of these services, offered throughout Lent. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church staff.