Tuesday, March 3, 2009

2009 Lenten Preaching Series

Tonight is the first night of the 8th Annual East End Parishes Lenten Preaching Series.

Wha??  I've never heard of this before, what is it?  

Patience, Bunky. Lemme 'splain this to you.  

Eight years ago the five parishes in the East End of Pittsburgh:  Calvary, East Liberty; Redeemer, Squirrel Hill; St.Stephen's, Wilkinsburg; St. Andrew's, Highland Park; and Holy Cross, Homewood came up with this great idea to allow the members of these parishes to come together in a spirit of fellowship during this Lenten season.  Each parish would take a turn hosting congregants from the other four parishes each Tuesday during Lent, first providing a simple Lenten supper and then having Holy Eucharist with hymns and sermon afterward.   The idea was an immediate success and has been going on ever since.  At first, each of the rectors of the various parishes would preach on a Lenten subject at a service hosted by one of the other churches, but last year, the lineup was changed to bring in other speakers from churches and ministries outside of the East End 5.  

Here's this years 2009 Lenten Preaching Series schedule:

March 3  Calvary. Preacher: Rev. Nancy Chalfant Walker, Rector, St. Stephen's Wilkinsburg

March 10  St. Andrew's  Preacher:  The Rev Chris Opat, Curate, St.Paul's Mt. Lebanon

March 17  Redeemer  Preacher:  The Rev. Barbara Seras, Coordinator, Province III, The Episcopal Church

March 24  St. Stephen's  Preacher: Mrs Ardelle Hopson, Member of Calvary Church, and Diocesan Council

March 31  Holy Cross  Preacher:  The Rt. Rev. Robert Johnson, Assisting Bishop of Pittsburgh

Supper for all venues begins at 6pm with the service starting at 7pm.  This is an event that is always very well attended and it's a great opportunity to worship in some great churches and meet new people as well.

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