Banners inspire Augustana’s Lenten Theme: “Rise and Sing Again”
During Lent, Augustana is pleased to have liturgical banners created by artist Ken Phillips on display in Augustana’s sanctuary along with a small set of complementary banners for Augustana’s Christ Chapel. Pastor Caitlin writes, “The psalmic poetry combined with gorgeous textiles arranged in intriguing shapes represent both dark and light experiences of life, faith, and God.” The banners inspired Augustana’s Lenten theme of “Rise and Sing Again” that will weave through Sunday Worship, Adult Forum, Holden Evening Prayer on Wednesdays, and other Lenten opportunities.
Read on for details, and be sure and come worship at Augustana during Lent!
Ash Wednesday, February 22
Worship at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the sanctuary with Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion. Both services will be livestreamed. Augustana Singers will provide special music at 11 a.m.
Read on for special information about 7 p.m. worship!
Shared Ash Wednesday Evening Service
Wednesday, February 22, 7 p.m., Augustana’s Sanctuary
A wonderful combined worship to begin the season of Lent is planned by seven congregations who are all serving in the Denver area.
Currently called the East Denver Parish, six Lutheran Churches (Augustana, Messiah, Saint Paul’s, Epiphany, Our Savior’s, and House for All Sinners and Saints) and one Episcopal congregation (Saint Barnabas) are exploring ways to collaborate in ministry. This service represents the beginning of our journey together.
You are invited to begin your Lent by joining in this shared service with people from other faith communities. A combined choir will be part of the worship, and we will receive ashes and Holy Communion together. Refreshments will follow in Fellowship Hall.
Visit our Worship page on Ash Wednesday for livestream links and downloadable worship resources.
Holden Evening Prayer
Augustana invites you to the much loved Holden Evening Prayer, Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 6:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel. This worship will also be livestreamed.
Worship Resources for Holden Evening Prayer
Wednesdays, March 8, 15, 22, and 29,
7–7:30 p.m., Christ Chapel
Following Holden Evening Prayer, worshipers will have the option of staying for a 30-minute practice of guided prayer.
Read on to learn more about opportunities for centering prayer at Augustana this Lent.
Centering Prayer comes to Augustana this Lent
This Lent, Augustana’s E4 Mental Health sponsors two Centering Prayer instructional classes: Sunday, February 26, 12:30–3:30 p.m. or Saturday, March 4, 9 a.m.–noon, Anna Paulson Room.
Please click here for additional information on Centering Prayer and details and registration for these classes.
Midweek Daytime Lenten Bible Study
Augustana’s Senior Ministry hosts a midweek Lenten Bible Study, Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 9:30–10:30 a.m., Anna Paulson Room. The study guide, sponsored by ELCA World Hunger, focuses on a different psalm each week and explores how God invites us to be part of God’s resurrection and restoration in the world.
Discussions will be led by lay leaders from Augustana’s 60+ Active Adults Team, but the class is open to anyone of any age who would enjoy a daytime Lenten Bible Study.
For information, contact Augustana office at 303-388-4678 or by email.
Putting the ELCA World Hunger 40 Days of Giving to meaningful practice
During Lent we are invited to practice the disciplines of prayer, fasting and giving. As part of the ELCA World Hunger 40 Days of Giving, consider this simple yet meaningful practice.
Lenten Kindness Practice
- Create a Kindness Jar in your home.
- Deposit coins or dollars in this jar every day for each act of kindness shown and shared.
- Pray for those with whom you shared your kindness or who showed kindness to you—which could be as simple as a smile.
Add fasting to your practice
- Fasting could be as simple as fasting for a meal and putting the cost of the meal in the jar.
Choose who you’d like to support
- ELCA World Hunger—give a donation from your Kindness Jar, or purchase an item in the Good Gifts Catalog available on Augustana’s entrance tables in the narthex.
- Bring canned food items for the Sanctuary Soup Shelf.
Lent is a great time to explore connections between our faith and shared ministry to end hunger and poverty. May this Lenten practice of giving bring meaning to your 40-day journey.
God, help us as we take up your invitation to prayer and simplicity, that the discipline of these 40 days might sharpen our hunger for justice.
–ELCA World Hunger