Lent Programs Update


About 35 people have joined us for our Lent Programs offered at the various times listed below. We are learning as we go! Each session now begins with a quick review of where we have been in the Cosmos, and then each of the last week’s readings gets a slide to review the basic theme and remind us of Bishop Knisely’s questions. It is much more user-friendly (even for the Rector!).

We did not plan for the new Cosmos (on FOX and on the National Geographic Channel) series to be aired beginning this month, but we are certainly taking advantage of that as well! You questions on this wonderful Neil DeGrasse Tyson update of Carl Sagan’s classic from 30 years ago are welcome indeed.



It is a good thing to try something new every once and a while, and Lent is just the season Lent not Rocketfor it!

Our Lenten program will be based on a booklet written for Forward Movement Publications by The Rt. Rev’d W. Nicholas Knisely, Bishop of Rhodes Island. Formerly a scientist, Bishop Knisely will take us on a journey through an old and venerable discipline, “Natural Theology.”BP Knisely

The booklet is a series of one or two page reflections on God and creation, with a couple of thought-provoking questions at the end. The reflections are meant to be read one-a-day from Ash Wednesday to the end of Holy Week.

Now, while it is perfectly acceptable to nourish your spirit on your own this way, we think there is some benefit to gathering regularly to share the results of your reflections with other and to see what insights they have gleaned.

To that end there will be four times during each week in Lent where many of us will gather at Emmanuel to share our comments and questions:

  • Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
  • Wednesdays at Noon (including Noon Day Prayers and a salad luncheon)
  • Thursdays at 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays at 10:30 AM.

We hope you will make time to join us, enriching your own experience of the readings and learning from each other.

The Rev’d Canon Dr. Mark Gatza, RectorPulpit-pic-300x265


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