Coffee Hour Lenten Bible Study
Sundays in Lent, March 6, 13, 20, 27, and April 3
Starting at approximately 11 a.m.
Please join us as we study the appointed Sunday passages during coffee hour.
The Sunday Readings during Lent
Wednesdays during Lent - Bible Study: Scripture with the Saints
Please join the people of St. Michael's as we join St. Paul's Bakersfield for this Zoom Bible Study.
As Christians we are not the first to walk the path of faith, and we are blessed to have been preceded by many people who we now call Saints, Church Fathers or Mothers, or great Christian thinkers. These individuals lived exemplary lives of faith that gave them special insights into Scripture and our traditions. This Lent, Luke Martinez is leading a Bible Study as we walk with some of these saints and read Scripture alongside them. We will learn about their lives, read their study of Scripture, and reflect on what that means for us. In doing so, we can join with those blessed generations that came before us as one community that bridges time and space.
The study will meet via Zoom for the five Wednesdays of Lent beginning March 9 at 6 pm each time for Evening Prayer followed by the Bible Study.
March 9 Irenaeus (The Gospels)
March 16 Julian of Norwich (St. Paul and the Psalms)
March 23 Thomas Cranmer (Old Testament)
March 30 Therese of Lisieux (Matthew and Isaiah)
April 6 Simone Weil (Letter to the Romans)
The Zoom link can be found here.
Meeting ID: 86184998917 | Passcode: 573597
What is Lent?
The word Lent comes from an old English word meaning spring. Early Christians observed “a season of penitence and fasting” in preparation for Easter. This fast became attached to, or overlapped, another fast of forty days, in imitation of Christ's fasting in the wilderness. Lent was especially important for converts to the faith who were preparing for baptism, and for those guilty of notorious sins who were being restored to the Christian assembly.
In the western church the forty days of Lent extend from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, omitting Sundays. All Christians are invited “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.”
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