Lent at St. Martin’s

Lenten Weekday Holy Eucharist
Weekdays through April 13
7 a.m.
The Chapel
Holy Eucharist offers Parishioners a special weekday time of prayer and worship as they prepare for Lent.

Thursday Afternoon Adult Lenten Series
Closest Moments…
Thursdays, March 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6
4 – 5 p.m.
Old Church
“God’s other name is surprise,” is a quote that our Rector often likes to share that he gained from his mentor, John Claypool. Indeed, God shows up in all kinds of ways – often quite unexpectedly. Come and join the Clergy of St. Martin’s as they share some of their most intimate encounters with our Lord and we consider His presence in our day-to-day lives. Tea, coffee, water and light snacks are provided.

For more information, contact Anna Hawkins at 713-985-3831 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Stations of the Cross
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, March 7 – April 13
3:30 – 5 p.m.
The Church
Parishioners and guests are invited to make their own pilgrimage along the Via Dolorosa, or “Way of Sorrows,” during Lent 2017. The Stations of the Cross depict the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus and the devotion commemorating the Passion. Each station is represented by a custom wooden cross along with a bronze casting by artist Alex Hallmark. The purpose and spiritual significance of walking these stations is to assist Christians, or even inquiring “pilgrims,” as they reflect in prayer and meditation upon the chief scenes of Christ’s sufferings and death. In doing so, they may be drawn into a deeper relationship with Christ and a life of faithful Christian discipleship.

The free brochure The Stations of the Cross available in The Church Narthex can be used as a guide in this spiritual journey. Each station is illustrated by a photograph and accompanied by a reading describing the station and reflective words and prayers. An audio version of the brochure is also available.

Wednesday Evening Adult Lenten Series
Five People Who Can Change Your Life
Wednesdays, March 8 – April 5
5:15 – 6:25 p.m., Dinner (Café St. Martin’s dinner prices are charged for the meal.)
Bagby Parish Hall
5:30 p.m., Holy Eucharist (special service time during this Lenten series)
The Church
6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Program
Bagby Parish Hall
How did God use a shepherd to lead thousands in the bondage of slavery under an ancient pharaoh to the Promised Land? Why would God tell one of His  prophets to marry an adulterous woman? What happened when Mary agreed to be the mother of the Son of God? Why did Jesus choose one who would deny Him three times to hold the “keys of the Kingdom?” And what does a Roman centurion in the days of Jesus have to say to the men and women of 2016? These questions, and many more, will be addressed in our five-week Lenten Series. Join us as we explore together the lives of five unlikely servants of the Lord.

March 8 – Abraham: Patriarch of the Grace Filled Life with the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.
March 15 – Hosea: Love for the Unlovable with the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.
March 22 – Isaiah: Paving the Way for the Suffering Servant with the Rt. Rev. Mike Hill, Bishop of the Diocese of Bristol
March 29 – Mary: Why “Yes” Made All the Difference with the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.
April 5 – Work Hard, Pray Hard: The Power of Faith in Action with special guest speaker Lieutenant General Rick Lynch, US Army (retired)
(General Lynch will have a book signing before and after his presentation.)

Wednesday Evenings for Children
(Infants – 5th Grade)
Wednesdays, March 8 – April 5
5 – 7:45 p.m., Child care
Founders’ Hall
For more information, contact Holli Kight at 713-985-3816 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.


Healing Mission – A Time to Be Restored, Renewed and Remade
Hosted by Order of St. Luke the Physician
Friday, March 31
6 p.m.,
Registration and reception
7 – 9 p.m.,
Saturday, April 1
8:30 a.m.,
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.,
Bagby Parish Hall
Learn how you can be transformed by renewing your mind and how this impacts your life and faith. Whether you’ve been a Christian for a lifetime or a short time, there is always more Jesus wants to do to restore his image in us. This program is a special opportunity to set aside time to learn, pray and reflect on the power of the gospel for us today. Guest speaker for the event is the Rev. Josh Acton, Executive Director of Desert Call Ministries and Senior Pastor at Rancho Vineyard Church in Poway, California. The cost to attend is $15 per person or $20 per couple (meals included). Child care for infants – pre-K is available for $10 per child with advance reservations. This event is sponsored by St. Martin’s and St. John the Divine Episcopal Church. For more information, contact Jennifer DiMichele at 713-985-3845 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Click here to register by Thursday, March 24.

Stripping of the Palms
Tuesday, April 4
1 – 4 p.m.
The Island
According to John 12:13 (NRSV), “So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him…” In preparation for Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, palms are made into crosses as a visual reminder of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Before crosses can be made, the palm leaves are carefully stripped and divided. All are invited to help with this preparation. Click here to sign up for the online volunteer registration.

Palm Cross Making
Wednesday, April 5
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Island
All are welcome to join members of the Altar Guild as they make palm crosses to be distributed on Sunday of the Passion – Palm Sunday. This is a simple craft that involves folding a long, narrow strip of palm into a cross as a reminder of the significance of Palm Sunday, the week before Jesus’ crucifixion. This annual tradition is a fun time of fellowship and meaningful service for all in attendance. Please bring your scissors. Click here to sign up for the online volunteer registration.

Palm Sunday
April 9
8 a.m., Holy Eucharist
The Church
9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Dramatic re-enactment
The Church
9:15 a.m., Dramatic reading at Family Table
Old Church
11:15 a.m., Dramatic reading at the Altar
Old Church
6 p.m., Holy Eucharist
The Church
Join us as we celebrate the start of Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday and witness Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem through a dramatic re-enactment and readings. Our Sunday of the Passion encourages participation for all members of the Parish Family.

Holy Week

Holy Monday
April 10
7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Holy Eucharist

Holy Tuesday
April 11
7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Holy Eucharist

Holy Wednesday
April 12
7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Holy Eucharist
Noon, Holy Eucharist followed by the Sacrament of Healing (Holy Unction)

Maundy Thursday
April 13
7 a.m., Holy Eucharist
7 p.m., Maundy Thursday Liturgy and Stripping of the Altar, Holy Eucharist with Parish Choir
The Church
The service concludes in the Wayside Chapel area as we gather around the Great Cross.

Good Friday
April 14
Noon, Liturgy for Good Friday with sermon and Parish Choir
The Church
Noon, For children: Worship and activities for K – 5th grade
Founders’ Hall
6 p.m., Parish Choir sings the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré
The Church

Holy Saturday Baptism
Saturday, April 15
9 a.m., Baptism instruction
The Church
9:30 a.m., Holy Baptism
The Church
It is the custom of the Church to offer baptism on Holy Saturday for adults and children who wish to join the Christian family through this Sacrament. For information about baptism on Holy Saturday, please contact Jennifer DiMichele at 713-985-3845 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.