Lent 2005

Events for your diary during Lent

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We are helped in this by the two journeys recounted in the gospels closely associated with the keeping of Lent.

The first is the journey of Jesus into the desert where, on his own in a hostile environment without any physical comforts, he struggled to become clear about who and what God was calling him to be and do. Such a journey might be one for us to undertake this Lent.

The second journey is the one Jesus took from Galilee to Jerusalem. Leaving the relative security of his rural home, he headed for the city. There he faced the final conflict between good and evil. A
conflict, which despite ail appearances to the contrary, he was to win. During Lent, there is the chance for us to accompany Jesus on that journey.

(Please note that our worship during Lent is intended to have a more reflective feel. Accordingly, there will be no procession at the beginning of the Sung Eucharist. Instead there will be a time of silence. It would help to create this mood if everyone were to make a point of arriving a few minutes early for the service)

Preachers at the 9:30arn Sung Eucharist


13th February - Lent 1: David Jonathan (Johny), a member of the Church of North India, is from Punjab. He is working in Luton on Inter- Community Relations in a partnership between the Council for World Mission, the United Reformed Church, Grassroots (a mission development programme) and Luton Council of Faiths.
20th February - Lent 2: Kemi Akinruli Kemi is Social Responsibility Officer in the Diocese of St Albans. An important focus of her work is helping the church in its urban mission. Originally from Nigeria, she is a leader in the Kingsway International Christian Centre.
27th February - Lent 3: John Payne Cook Recently returned from three years in the Diocese of St Kilts and Nevis in the Caribbean
John is now Caribbean Links Officer in the Diocese of St Albans (as well as parish priest).
6th March - Lent 4: Suzie VianaSuzie is a mission partner from Brazil with the Cutting Edge Partnership, sponsored by Churches Together in Hemel Hempstead. Her skills as a communicator make her quite a catch for our all-age Mothering Sunday service!
13th March - Lent 5: John EvensonA resident of the Old Town (he and Alwina are Wardens of the Friends Meeting House) John is Chaplain to the Lutheran congregation in Birmingham and a former staff member of the World Council of Churches.

Evening Services

13th February: Lent 1. Team-wide Worship at St Alban's, Warners End followed by the inaugural meeting of the Hemel Hempstead Team Council.
20th February - Lent 2: Choral Evensong according to the Book of Common Prayer
27th February - Lent 3: A Service of Prayer for Healing with the Laying of Hands.
6th March - Lent 4: A reflective service according to the tradition of the Taize Community
13th March Passion Sunday: Stations of the Cross - a devotion using "The Revelations of Divine Love" by Julian of Norwich
20th March - Palm Sunday: A service for the beginning of Holy Week drawing on the resources of the lona Community.

Lent Books Can be purchased from The Mustard Seed Bookshop or on-line

LENT Services
Ash Wednesday 9th February
1030am Holy Communion
8:00pm Sung Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes.

Sundays in Lent
8.00am Holy Communion
9:30am Sung Eucharist
6:30pm Evening Service
Wednesdays in Lent
10.30am Holy Communion and homily

Palm Sunday 20th March
8:00arn Holy Communion
9:30am Sung Eucharist with Procession
6:30pm Evening Service

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Holy Week 21st 22nd, 23rd March
8:00pm Address and Compline

Maundy Thursday 24th March
8:00pm Sung Eucharist with foot-washing, commemoration of the Last Supper and Vigil

Good Friday 25th March
11:00am Procession of Witness, Marlowes
I:30pm Liturgy of the Cross

Holy Saturday 26th March
10:00am - 12noon Easter Workshop

Easter Day
5:15am Easter Liturgy
8:00am Holy Communion
10.00am Family Eucharist
6.30pm Evening prayer

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