Drawing Near ~ Lent 2022

Lent is a time to explore the Holy, to release those things that might hold you back from a deeper relationship with God, and to prepare for the miracle of resurrection.
We invite you to draw near to God through prayer, worship, and reflection.

Ash Wednesday

We invite you to begin this journey on March 2, 2022 by observing Ash Wednesday.
Worship at St. John’s is at Noon and 6:00 pm.
Ashes to Go are available at the Curris Center at Murray State from 2:30-4:30.
What is Ash Wednesday?

Weekly Services

To help you draw closer to God this Lenten season, we offer this times of prayer and contemplation

Evening Prayer: Mondays-Wednesday at 4:30, both in person and on Facebook
Mid-Week Communion: Thursdays at Noon, both in person and on Facebook
Stations of the Cross: Thursdays at 5:30, both in person and on Facebook

Holy Week

The week before Easter is a time of special devotion, where we spend each day remembering and reflecting on the end of Jesus’ earthly life.
Holy Week this year is April 10-17, beginning with Palm & Passion Sunday. All these services will be live streamed to Facebook.

Palm & Passion Sunday: April 10 at 10:30 am. A special procession begins this service as we remember Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and move into reflection upon Jesus’ death on a cross.
Weekday Communion:
Monday through Wednesday, April 11-13, at Noon.
Maundy Thursday: April 14, 6:00 pm. We begin with an Agape Meal (a meal that focuses on love) and wash each other’s feet just as Jesus washed his disciple’s feet in the parish hall, we then move into a communion service in the Nave. We will strip the altar as a sign of our grief at Jesus’ arrest, and end with an altar of repose, where people can come and spend time with Jesus throughout the night, remembering how Jesus asked his disciples to stay with him in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Good Friday: April 15
8:00 am Morning Prayer, marking the end of our stay at the altar of repose.
Noon Stations of the Cross outside
6:00 pm Good Friday service. We remember Jesus’ death and contemplate the meaning of the cross.
Holy Saturday Observance: April 16, 10:00 am. A five minute reflection on Jesus in the tomb.

Easter Celebrations

Lent ends with our Holy Saturday observance, and we quickly move into our celebration of Jesus’ resurrection

Easter Vigil: April 16, 7:00 pm. This marks the beginning of our Easter celebration. We begin in the dark, reading the story of salvation, moving from Genesis through the prophets in the Old Testament. We then celebrate the first Eucharist (communion service) of Easter.
Easter Sunday: April 17, 10:30 am. We flower the cross and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, which brings us all abundant life.