Looking Ahead to Lent

The season of Lent opens with Ash Wednesday on February 14. Beginning on Sunday, February 18 and continuing to Palm Sunday, March 25, a new opportunity will be offered for encouraging and developing our spiritual journey during this most important season on the Christian calendar.

Beginning at 9 a.m., on Sunday, February 18, all are welcome to attend the Serendipity class where the book, Living the Love of God: Reflections on the Church Year by Rev. Dr. R. Page Shelton will be used as a discussion starter. Dr. Shelton has been a mentor to Deanie on St. Simons Island for the past 15 years and, before her move, they enjoyed sharing conversation about scripture and the Christian spiritual life every week over coffee. Page is a retired PCUSA minister who has spent over 20 years reading about The Contemplative Life and incorporating practices such as centering prayer and Lectio Divina into his life. He currently serves as a Stephen Leader at St. Simons Presbyterian Church.

Deanie and other facilitators will guide the group through the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina, or reading to discover what God is speaking to our spirits, as described in the book. The time will include prayer and listening to and reflecting on the scripture and the meditation for the week. This process can be an effective practice for opening hearts and minds to the intimate presence of God and the blessings of the Spirit.

Page’s book is available through Amazon.com for $5.99. Books are not required but participants may enjoy having their own copy for reflection. His full biography is available on the amazon listing.

Please consider joining this group for Lent. Any questions? Call Rev. Deanie Strength.