Lent at Saint Michael’s

A holy fast envelops us, calling us to pause and reflect. Lent is a penitential season of forty days and nights (excluding Sundays) when we are asked to tuck away our exuberant “Alleluia” cries so that we might search for a deeper meaning of Christ’s time here on earth. 

PRAY-FAST-GIVE: Take Lent Home

Pick up Feb. 27 or Mar. 2

Lenten Takeout is back! This year’s Lenten theme is PRAY-FAST-GIVE. Grab a takeout box with a simple daily devotion, a calendar of activities, and some alternative prayer practices to support your participation in this most holy observance of Lent with fellow St. Michael’s parishioners. This year’s box will appeal to individuals and families alike. Donations made as part of this project will support the Issaquah Meals Program. If you are interested in a box and are unable to pick one up on Feb. 27 or Mar. 2, please call the office at 425-392-3215.

Sing the simple chant Create in me by Geoffrey Nobes with Jason and Kelly.

Ash Wednesday

Mar. 2, 12 Noon & 7 PM

The Imposition of Ashes and celebration of Holy Communion on Ash Wednesday sets your pattern for the observance of a Holy Lent.

Via Media Readers

Thursdays in Lent, 11:15 AM – 12 Noon

You are invited to join Katherine to read, mark – and outwardly discuss one of Bishop Greg’s Lenten reading recommendations: Facing the Mountain, A True Story of Japanese Heroes in World War II by Daniel James Brown (2021). Every Thursday in Lent, we will meet on Zoom to talk over a new chapter, from 11:15 AM to 12 Noon. This lets you attend online midday prayers first (11 – 11:06), and then sign into our group. Joining over lunch is just fine too! Sign up here so we can look forward to our virtual literary salon. You’ll receive a link to the Zoom meeting upon registration.

Wednesday Lenten Soup Suppers and Contemplative Prayer

Mar. 9 through Apr. 6, 6:00 PM

Share in simple suppers before the Wednesday evening contemplative prayer service.
6 PM — Soup supper (in Undercroft)
7 PM — Contemplative Prayer & Communion (in Nave)

Visit the registration site and register for those Wednesdays you plan to attend. If you’d like to help with set up, provide soup or bread, or clean up, you can add it on to your registration or email Jason Anderson.

There is no charge for these suppers; however, if registration is insufficient, we reserve the right to cancel one or all of these suppers with 24 hour notice. The contemplative prayer & communion service will continue regardless of registration.

2022 Lenten Meditations

from Episcopal Relief and Development

This year’s devotional helps us to recognize God’s love in unselfish, sacrificial and unconditional acts. Sign up to receive daily emails, or download the full PDF at https://tinyurl.com/mr23cxtc

Worship in Lent

On the Sundays in Lent, we will begin worship with a Lenten Litany. A litany is a prayer in multiple parts with several petitions. This homegrown litany is adapted from the Episcopal Church’s Enriching Our Worship, 1998, with minor additions from the Book of Common Prayer. Our Lenten Litany begins with an Invocation of the Holy Trinity, continues with what you might recognize as Prayers of the People, and concludes with a call to confession which leads naturally into the Penitential Order. This is done to focus our hearts and minds on penitence and forgiveness near the start of the liturgy.

Our worship space, liturgy, and music have been transformed to help encourage and inspire reflection and contemplation.

Our worship space: You will see deep purple dupioni silk banners, decked with painted Birch branches pregnant with the buds of Spring, hanging in the niches. Gaze toward the altar and notice it is bare slate. On the retable, you’ll find bare branches instead of flowers. Our iconic stained glass rose window is also covered, muting its many colors.

Our liturgy and music: Instrumental preludes are displaced by simple plainchants in Lent, binding our worship to that of generations long ago. Music takes on a contemplative component that draws greatly from the breadth and depth of our Anglican heritage. Musical postludes, though subdued, will be offered from either the organ or piano.

Deliberate silence occurs after the sermon, begun and ended by the sounding of a singing bowl, allowing time to contemplate what we’ve heard in the liturgy of the word. We chant the Psalms to plainsong; this often reveals new meaning and interpretation not encountered in accompanied or metrical Psalm settings. These transformations are done to allow us to reflect in quiet and to open our minds to different vistas and glimpses of the Divine.