This Lent the people of St. John’s will be joining together with six other East Metro Episcopal congregations to explore what God might be calling us to do together to care for God’s creation more intentionally as we live into Jesus’ Way of love. Lent begins on February 26 with Ash Wednesday services at St. John’s at noon and 7:00 pm.

The kickoff session for this series will take place on Thursday, March 5 from 7-8:30 pm at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Roseville. It will be preceded by a soup supper from 6-7 pm. Professor Mark McInroy will lead the opening session. He teaches modern theology at St. Thomas University, with a focus on Balthasar’s aesthetic theology, which has a lot to say about our relationship to Christ and creation. For more information about Professor McInroy you may click on the following link: https://www.stthomas.edu/theology/faculty/mark-mcinroy.html.

The closing session will also be at St. Christopher’s on Thursday, April 2 from 7-8:30 pm, with a soup supper available from 6-7 pm. The final session will include a brief presentation, and members of all six participating churches will share their small group learnings and insights, including what they think the Holy Spirit might be calling us to do together in the days ahead to care for God’s creation and respond to global warming.

In addition to the opening and closing large group sessions, you have the opportunity to participate in three small group meetings to discuss Stephanie McDyre Johnson’s book How Can I care for Creation?, the Episcopal Catechism of Creation, scripture passages about God’s creation, and how some of the Way of Love practices can assist us as we seek to participate in the Holy Spirit’s work to heal and preserve the earth for future generations. Small groups will be offered on Wednesday evenings (March 4, 18, and 25 from 6-7:30 pm). Father Art will facilitate this group, and we will meet in the Parlor.

There will be a table set up in the Parish Hall after all Sunday services in February with copies of How Can I Care for Creation?. Copies may be purchased for $10, checks made out to St. John in the Wilderness. A daily devotional book, For the Beauty of the Earth by Leah Schade (not required for the small groups but a great Lent resource) is also available for $5. You may also sign up for the Lenten small group, pick up copies of the Episcopal Catechism of Creation, and pick up copies of the Episcopal Way of Love.

We hope you can join us for this very special Lenten offering! Please contact Father Art if you have any questions.