Lent, Holy Week & Easter

Our Lent Prayer for 2020

May God the Father, who does not despise the broken spirit,
give to you a contrite heart,
May Christ who bore our sins in his body on the tree,
heal you by his wounds,
May the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth,
speak to you words of pardon and peace. Amen.

You are warmly invited to join us at Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church for our Lent, Holy Week and Easter Services:

Ash Wednesday, 26th February
We begin Lent together with a choice of two services, a said service at 9.30am and a Sung Eucharist at 7.30pm. These will include the imposition of the Ashes as an outward sign of penitence and fasting.

Lent Sermons at the 10am Sunday Eucharist

First Sunday of Lent  – 1st March
Revd Brenda Dowie
Lead Chaplain, Southmead Hospital

Second Sunday of Lent  – 8th March
The Ven Neil Warwick
Archdeacon of Bristol

Third Sunday of Lent – 15th March
Revd Dr Paul Roberts
Lecturer in Liturgy and Doctrine Trinity College

Fourth Sunday of Lent – 22nd March – Mothering Sunday
The Vicar

Fifth Sunday of Lent – 29th March
Revd Helen Johnson
Vicar of Shirehampton

Lent Addresses at Evensong, Sundays at 6.30pm
Our Sermons are based on our Lent Course, And it was Good: Responding to God’s gift of creation

First Sunday of Lent  – 1st March
The Hope of Something New
The Vicar

Second Sunday of Lent  – 8th March
Our Place in the Created Order
Dianne Yeandel

Third Sunday of Lent – 15th March
Jesus: The Centre and Heart of All Creation
Bruce Saunders

Second Sunday of Lent  – 22nd March
Creation blesses the Lord
Lyn Horscroft

Fifth Sunday of Lent  – 29th March
Creation Groans in Painful Hope
John Rogan

Our Lent Course 2020 – And it was Good: Responding to God’s Gift of Creation
The course will be looking at creation in the context of the climate emergency that the world is facing. The course has been developed by the Anglican Communion and each session will cover bible exploration; reflection; reading the bible with the Anglican Communion; questions for discussion and closing prayer.

The booklet costs £2.50 and will come to each participant. This will be a shared Lent Course with the Methodists which starts in the week beginning the 2nd March.
Please sign up for a weekly session which take place on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and daytime sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

On the sign-up sheet please tick as many slots you are able to make. Please do offer your home as a venue or yourself as a facilitator. All details on the board at the bookstall. You may also turn up at the venues on the day. Any enquiries please contact the parish office 9508644

Stations of the Cross
This is a wonderful way into a reflective and meditative discipline through Lent. They are always on Monday evenings at 7.30pm beginning on 2nd March.

Lent Lunches, Tuesdays at 12 noon
Every Tuesday in the St Paul’s Room from Tuesday 3rd March until Tuesday 7th April  from 12 noon. There will be a soup lunch and a short talk. Proceeds in support of Christian Aid. The donation for lunch is £3.

This is an important discipline in Lent to prepare for Easter. There will be time available for anyone to speak to the clergy in Holy Week before Easter in church. Please see the opportunities for this on the pew slip.

Holy Week: Palm Sunday, 5th April
8am Eucharist
9.45am Procession and Sung Eucharist
12 noon Eucharist
6.30pm A performance of Bob Chilcott’s St John Passion sung by the Choral Group, Parish Church Choir and Westbury Singers.

Holy Week: Monday 6th April
Eucharist at 7.30pm

Holy Week: Tuesday 7th April
Eucharist at 7.30pm

Holy Week: Wednesday 8th April
Eucharist with Penitential Rite at 7.30pm

Holy Week: Maundy Thursday – 9th April
7.30pm Holy Eucharist of the Last Supper and Watch until Midnight

Holy Week: Good Friday – 10th April
9.30am Children’s Craft in the College
10.30am Children’s Service in the Church (hot cross buns served afterwards)
1pm Devotions
2pm Sung Good Friday Liturgy with Veneration

Holy Week: Holy Saturday – 11th April
From 9.30am Decorating the church
10.30am Sunday Club children make Easter Garden in church
8pm Paschal Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter

Easter Sunday – 12th April
Eucharists at 8am (said), 10am (sung) and 12 noon (said)
6.30pm Solemn Evensong

Ideas for keeping Lent justly and together
• Join a Lent Study Group
• don’t eat meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday
•  eat more simply and give the difference to charity
• buy fairly traded things if possible
• Share in the Eucharist every Sunday and try to go once during the week
• invite a friend to church with you
• visit people you have not seen lately
• talk to someone you don’t know in church
• invite someone to a meal
• read a good book
• use the Lent Prayer each day
• do something you’ve longed to do and never got around to doing
• walk more; drive less