I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent
Self-Examination and Repentance
Giving—Instead of Giving Up
Our Lent 2018 programs will push you to go deeper and focus on giving—instead of giving something up! Join us Sundays at 11 a.m. in the Parish Hall for our Lent Forums.
- February 25: How Does Trinity Reaching Out Ministry Group Help Our Community? Learn how we’re making a difference through our ministry partners like CLASP, Habitat for Humanity and the Fort Worth reading initiative.
- March 4: A Visit from ACH Child & Family Services. Find out how you can get involved with this group’s efforts to promote safe, stable families in North Texas.
- March 11: Discover Directions Home. Learn how you can be a part of this program aimed at making homelessness rare, short term and non-recurring in Fort Worth.
For centuries, Christians have followed and prayed the Way of the Cross, which depicts the final hours of Jesus’ life. The 14 stations begin with Jesus being condemned to death and end with his body being laid in the tomb. We invite you to join us at 12:15 p.m. each Friday during Lent as we pray the stations. (February 16, 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23)
We also encourage you to make our 2018 Lenten Prayer of Self-Examination part of your daily spiritual practice.
At the end of the day, spend a few minutes in self-examination, using this form.
Help me to see my day through your eyes, O God. (Silence)
Where did I see the goodness of God today? (Silence)
Where did I see the sorrow of the cross? (Silence)
Thank you for where I saw your goodness... (Silence)
Forgive me for the sorrow and hurt that I caused today... (Silence)
Restore and strengthen me for the day to come, through Jesus, our redeemer. Amen.
Fasting and Self-Denial
Solidarity Fast: Choose one day a week to go “meatless” or eat on a SNAP (food stamp) budget of $4 per person, per day. Let Leanne Brown’s cookbook Good and Cheap be your guide. Copies of the book are on sale in the Parish Hall. For every book you buy, a copy goes to someone in need.
Reading and Meditation
Spend the 40 days of Lent reading and meditating on God’s holy word. Use the Daily Office Lectionary, Forward Day by Day or Episcopal Relief & Development’s Lenten Meditation guide. We also recommend A Word to Live By, written by Lauren F. Winner and Say It to God, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2018. Look for all of these resources (for free and for sale) in the Parish Hall.
You’ll find many other resources online including The Good Book Club, and Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John produced by the Society of Saint John the Evangelist. Other Trinity members are taking part in The Social Justice Bible Challenge with tools from Forward Movement. Email the church office to be connected with this group: email@example.com.
Lent Soup Suppers: Wednesdays at 6
Bible + Fasting + Prayer guide us this Lenten season. We will explore each of these topics in depth February 21, 28; March 7, 14, & 21 at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. A simple meal of soup and bread will be served. Special programs for children and youth will happen at the same time.