Message from Fr Randolph: Adult Formation in Lent

The Season of Lent is a time for us to examine our commitment to Jesus Christ and take steps to be more intentional in our faith as we prepare for Holy Week, when we remember with our hearts the last week of Jesus in Jerusalem.

Our worship on Ash Wednesday asks us to do three things:

  1. examine the quality of our relationships with God and with the people in our lives, and ask God to lead us into reconciliation,
  2. practice activities that can move us deeper into our faith journeys, such as contemplative prayer, meaningful fasting, and releasing whatever stands in the way of a fuller faith in God, and
  3. study and pray God’s Word.

As individual Christians, it is up to each of us to decide the best way to live into the purpose and meaning of Lent. As members of Saint James’ Warrenton, we have the opportunity to participate in “Learning More about Jesus and Holy Week,” a course about the last week of Jesus in Jerusalem as described in the Gospel according to Mark. The course has four purposes:

  1. build community among participants through meaningful conversation,
  2. learn more about contemplative prayer,
  3. realize more deeply the message of Jesus by studying God’s Word, and
  4. prepare to participate more fully in the worship of Holy Week.

In other words, our adult formation plans for Lent at Saint James’ are consistent with the invitation of the prayer book  “to the observance of a holy Lent.” The two attached documents provide a fuller description of our plans for Lent. Please read them and consider making your participation in “Learning More about Jesus and Holy Week” a part of your Lenten commitment.