Weekly Newsletter – February 28, 2022
March 12 – Biloxi Lighthouse to Great Southern Golf
Hosted by Redeemer and St. Mark’s
March 19 – Great Southern Golf to St Peter’s Gulfport
Hosted by St Mark’s and St Peter’s
March 26 – St Peter’s Gulfport to St Patrick’s on the beach
Hosted by St Peter’s and St Patrick’s
April 2 – St Patrick’s on the beach to Trinity Pass Christian
Hosted by St Patrick’s and Trinity
April 9 – Trinity Pass Christian to Christ Church Bay St Louis
Hosted by Trinity and Christ Church
Wednesday, March 30th While here, he will perform Confirmations, Reaffirmations and Baptisms. In anticipation of the Bishop's visit, Inquirer's Classes will begin immediately. We are offering two opportunities each week to participate in these classes. Wednesday Evenings as a part of our Community Compline Dinner and Discussions and Sunday Mornings, between the services
Weekly Worship Schedule
Lent begins: Why we do what we do…
from The Anglican Compass Website
Lent is a time for prayer and fasting. It is a season of spiritual preparation in which we remember Christ’s temptation, suffering, and death.
Historically, the church has celebrated Lent as a 40-day period beginning on Ash Wednesday and concluding the day before Easter. It is observed in many Christian churches as a time to commemorate the last week of Jesus’ life, his suffering (Passion), and his death, through various observances and services of worship. Many Christians use the 40 days of Lent as time to draw closer to the Lord through prayer, fasting, repentance, and self-denial.
We live in a culture of fast food, instant gratification, and self-centeredness. One of the best ways to get our eyes off of ourselves and back onto the Lord is through fasting. However, fasting has practically been disregarded and forgotten in the comforts of the modern church. Oftentimes, we don’t end up fasting for Lent because we don’t know how to fast for Lent!
What is Fasting?
What does it really mean to fast? According to the Oxford Dictionary, fasting means “to abstain from food; especially to eat sparingly or not at all or abstain from certain foods in observance of a religious duty or a token of grief.”
Fasting and religious purposes cannot be separated because they are intricately intertwined. The Bible gives us numerous references to individual and corporate fasts. There were even certain days that were designated each year for fasting and prayer. Fasting is a gift that God has given to the church in order to help us persevere in prayer. Fasting draws us closer to God and gives power to our prayers.
Our central motivation with this lesson is to teach about the reasons to fast, different types of fasting, and then discuss how to fast.
Why Fast for Lent? 7 Reasons to Fast
Why fast for Lent? Why fast at all?
People have been fasting since the ancient days of the Bible. The Bible records numerous accounts where people, cities, and nations have turned to God by fasting and praying: Hannah grieved over infertility “wept and did not eat” (1 Samuel 1:7); Anna, who was an elderly widow, saw Jesus in the temple and “served God with fasting and prayer” (Luke 2:37). Saul encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus, “was three days without sight, neither ate or drank.” (Acts 9:9). Cornelius told Peter, “Four days ago I was fasting until this hour…” (Acts 10:30). Most people fast for religious and spiritual reasons, while others choose to fast for health reasons. There are several specific reasons that the Bible tells us to fast.
How to Fast for Lent: Types of Fasting
In the same way that God appointed times and seasons to fast, He also designated several types of fasts. Because of certain medical problems, and physical needs, there are different types of fasting.
For the Kids !
This week we will begin to learn about the apostles whom Jesus called to follow Him. Our text Is found in Luke 5:1-11. Some of the key points we will study are-
Did you know there are RCL (Revised Common Lectionary) Readings for each day ?
While there is a little overlap each day, they are posted on-line as a service of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library:
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“O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go:
preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger;
and bring them in safety to their journey’s end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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