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ONE SERVICE AT 10 A.M.
Parish Annual Meeting, on April 10. There will be one worship service at 10:00 a.m. followed by the Annual Meeting (with food!). An important part of that meeting is the election of new Vestry members. It's also a great opportunity to learn about the variety and diversity of people and ministries that make up St. Margaret's.
The vestry has approved a process for absentee balloting. If you will not be present on April 10 to vote, there are two ways for you to provide an absentee ballot.
1) Electronic ballots in the form of a document which you can complete are available by request from the Senior Warden. If you would like to submit a ballot electronically, request one by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. She will send you a ballot which you can then return.
2) Paper ballots will be available from the Senior Warden. If you are not able to use email, please contact the office to arrange to pick up or have sent to you a ballot. If you are an LEV who will be visiting someone who needs a ballot, please contact Cathie so she can get you one.
All absentee ballots must be received by the Senior Warden no later than 5 PM Friday, April 8, to be counted during the annual meeting. If you do attend the annual meeting and completed an absentee ballot, either do not vote during the meeting or ask the Senior Warden to discard your absentee ballot.
You are invited to join the worshiping community of St. Margaret's in the central worship services of Holy Week, called the "Triduum," or "Three Great Days."
It became the custom to prepare for that observance by a season of prayer and fasting, and the reconciliation of those who had been separated from the community of faith.
By keeping the season of Lent, we take to heart God's call to repentance and the assurance of forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel, and practice in our daily lives the work of reconciliation.
I invite you, therefore, 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.
To make a right beginning to this season it is appropriate to receive the mark of ashes as a reminder of our mortal nature and of God's invitation to receive Christ's redeeming work.
The season of Lent culminates with Easter, the joyous and hopeful celebration of Jesus' resurrection.
If you would like to delve deeper into a spiritual journey, just call, Facebook, or e-mail email@example.com.
"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." ("Ash Wednesday Invitation" from A Book of Common Prayer, page
This prayer from the Lenten Invitation is one of my favorite parts of The Book of Common Prayer. No matter how many times I read it, it always reminds me that all of us who would journey with Jesus are in constant need of renewal. We need to be reminded how important prayer is; to be encouraged to pick up our Bible; to be admonished to let go of something harmful or hurtful that we keep clinging to.
We continually need reminding that to have a relationship with God, we must place that relationship at the center of our lives. And each time the season of Lent rolls around, we are invited to do just that.
We cannot always predict where our inspiration will come from. Sometimes we find it where we expect to; sometimes it sneaks up on us. Today my inspiration came from a Jan Richardson poem that showed up unexpectedly: "Rend Your Heart: A Blessing for Ash Wednesday."
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, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 7:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
There will be three services of Holy Eucharist with the Administration of Ashes on Ash .
Preceding the early morning service, St. Margaret's will participate in the Ashes to Go initiative atwith ashes available on the front steps of the church.
The evening service is a joint service with Dignity / Washington, our Catholic sisters and brothers who worship here every evening. Join us for this powerful beginning of the Lenten season.
The S Show - Sinatra, Streisand, and Sondheim. Tonight, February 5, join us for Maggie's
Cabaret as 10 members of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, with Alex Tang at the piano,present an evening of wonderful songs, many of which will be familiar to all. This is a great opportunity to invite a friend and introduce them to both Maggie's and St. Margaret's! Doors open at 7:15 pm and the show begins at 8:00 pm in our parish hall.
A number of healthy and happy Poinsettias are available for you to take home and enjoy; they are in the "pit," the room by the sacristy that leads out through the Bancroft Entrance. Please feel free to take one or more home with you as long as they last.
Church, Michael Curry. We will be discussing Bishop Curry's book, "Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus" and explore his call to reinvigorate our understanding of discipleship. Bishop Curry writes "We need some Christians who are as crazy as the Lord. Crazy enough to love like Jesus, to give like Jesus, to forgive like Jesus, to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God, like Jesus...." This book will be the main topic for the next meetings of On the Way, Mondays January 11,January 25 and February 8. All are welcome. Optional brown-bag supper, 6:30 p.m. Meeting: 7:00- 8:30 p.m., in 1830 Connecticut Avenue. For more information contact David Griswold at firstname.lastname@example.org, or just ring the doorbell when you arrive.
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