This year’s Lenten Program invites us to reflect on our mission to be a transforming light within the parish and within our community. We hope to have five very powerful Wednesdays through our sharing of a meal, sharing conversation, and surrounding our time together with prayer and Holy Scripture.

The format is simple. We will gather in the Rectors’ Hall and begin with a before meal prayer.  During our meal a couple of questions will be put forward by the designated table leader to share on. After the meal, we will spend time gather up suggestions, answers, and reflections. We will conclude with a compline (evening) prayer.

The hope is that we will be more open and aware of the gifts God has given us for doing His work in the world and empowering us to be a “transforming light.”  Please join in for all five weeks for the full experience.  You’ll be glad you did.

Download the Lenten Program here: A Lenten Program2017revised-2

You can participate ONLINE if you can’t attend all five weeks.  Please visit our Online Education website at: https://Edu.CalvaryEpiscopalBatavia.church.

We are recording the sharing portion of the Lenten Program Series to share on YouTube as part of our Online Education offering.  Please download and complete this Media Release Form before we turn-on the video: Media_CalvaryEpiscopalBatavia__Release_Form

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8

“The People of Calvary Episcopal Church” – The gift of Hospitality:

Hebrews 13:1-2 – “Let mutual love continue.  Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”

1 Peter 4:9 – “Be hospitable to one another without complaining.”

Hospitality is one facet, one gift among others.  But the question must be asked, “If hospitality is God’s gift to us, why is it so difficult to encourage other parishioners to demonstrate it by volunteering to host Coffee Hour, or to become a LEM, an Usher, a Greeter, a Sunday school volunteer, or even to attend the Coffee Hour to share time, conversation and refreshment with one another, let alone with visitors?  And if being part of the People of Calvary Episcopal Church is true of those who are served by our reaching out through, for example, Hesed House or the Food Pantry, why is it such a struggle to get our people to volunteer in those moments of service?

Discussion Questions – 25 of us were present, and nearly all participated in the discussions summarized below:

1

When we pray the Mission Prayer, How do you define the word “People” of Calvary Episcopal Church?

“About the Mission Prayer, it expresses our identity; as for the people, it expresses the belonging of all who are present at any given time, and in any place.  That means that wherever we are, we are part of Calvary parish, and this will include the visitors, and anyone helped or touched by Calvary, whether at Hesed House, through the Food Pantry, or by being assisted at the door for a personal need.”

2

What’s the importance of hospitality to the process of making people become a part of the parish?

“Hospitality expresses the inclusivity of all persons, youngest to oldest, people made to feel at home, part of the family.  The attitude of hospitality invites people, draws people in.”

3

How do you show that you’re a hospitable as a person at Calvary?

“By being friendly, and at some point, trying to get to know a new person, acknowledging a person with a welcoming word, handshake, realizing that people come because they have needs to be met.  And also by sharing a balance of one’s faith and the feeling of community.”

4

Can we together/you individually, improve our hospitality?  How?

“By being open to suggestions and recommended changes.”

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15

“Growing Faith in your Son, Jesus Christ”
The gift of Faith:  Romans 4:18-21; 1 Corinthians 12:9

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22

“Fill us with your Holy Spirit”
The gift of Discernment: Acts 5:1-11; 1 John 4:1-6

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29

“Deepen our understanding of you and strengthen our awareness of the needs of others.”
The gift of “Helps”: Romans 16:1-2; 1 Corinthians 12:28

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5

“May we be a transforming light within our parish and within the community.”
The gift of Service: Acts 6:1-7; 1 Timothy 1:16-18

 

How to Join?


Sign Up to attend the 2017 Lenten Program in person, online, or a bit of both. For virtual (online) participants, please download the materials and  subscribe to the Forum, 2017 Online Lenten Program Series. Each week will be a separate topic in the forum and video from the event will be posted on YouTube and available as posts on our new Online Education Website.