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I WOULD WELCOME A DEBATE that would shift an emphasis in our Church calendar from six weeks of Sundays in Lent to four, and celebrating six weeks of Advent instead of the current four! I’d begin Advent on Wednesday, and Lent on Sunday! Just the reverse of the present calendar for those two seasons.

Perhaps you’re asking yourself of me, “Don’t you like Lent?” I’ll answer that by saying, “It’s because of my angst about Lent that suggests to me that I really need the Lenten season and the special spiritual journey that it affords us.” The feeling is something like I have said and written before concerning Evening Prayer. Some evenings I just don’t feel like going over to the church at 5:15, especially when the wind is blowing at 40 mph and the temperature is 35 degrees. It’s when I have that desire to neglect Evening Prayer when I need it the most. So, I need the six weeks of Lent. I know that long before the end of the 40 days I will be grateful to God for them.

Perhaps you have something of the same dread as I. Maybe it’s that feeling that explains why you have never walked the path of prayer, fasting, meditating upon portions of Scripture, and joining in the Lenten midweek discipline. Well, I understand and now you know why I do. But trust me that once you engage in the Lenten journey you will never be the same.

At this moment I may have awakened a halfhearted response in you. Let my invitation ferment in your mind and heart. I am only a few steps ahead of you right now, but if you take the risk and join me in a Lenten journey I promise you that both of us will be running toward the prize as never before, when on Easter Day we shout, “The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!” DLT+


March 6 - Ash Wednesday - Mass, with the Imposition of Ashes - 12 noon

Wednesday during Lent, beginning March 13 - Evening Prayer 5:15, Soup Supper 5:35 p.m., and Lenten Journey Discussion* 6 - 7 p.m.

Fridays during Lent, beginning March 8 - Evening Prayer 5:15, Stations of the Cross 5:35 p.m.

IMPORTANT FEBRUARY DATES! BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES! Lisa Montgomery (03); Althea Martie (08); DeWitt Reynolds (12); Jane Draper (13); Howard Black (22); Marie Whimpenny (23); and Hilary Turner Erikson (24). Are you missing? Notify Fr. Turner (609) 494-5048 or

DON’T FORGET TO SET YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD for Sunday morning, March 10!

FOR THE FIRST TIME a number of you will be receiving The Lower Lights via e-mail. It is not a large number of you who have signed up. Some of you are receiving your newsletter by e-mail who did not sign up for this medium of delivery. Two things: 1) if you did not sign up to receive this newsletter by e-mail, and you wish to be removed from the list and continue to receive your news in hard copy, please notify Fr. Turner ( or 609 409-5048); and 2) if you received this newsletter as hard copy and would be willing to have yours delivered by e-mail, please us the same contact info above. If we continue with just the current e-mail list for delivering you The Lower Lights we will save over $300 a year in mailing costs. This does not include the cost of paper and copier toner. Imagine what we would save if all members and friends chose to get their monthly news by way of e-mail!

OUR SYMPATHY IS EXTENDED TO Daniel Vice and Ed Perkins at the death of mother and sister, Nancy Perkins-Vice. Nancy and her family were long time regular summer visitors to St. Peter’s-at-the-Light. Ed still attends Mass here in the summer. Their parents ashes rest here in our Memorial Garden. Nancy’s will be interred here sometime during the spring.

Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord:
And let light perpetual shine upon her.

May her soul, and the souls of all the departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

We also learned of the death last month of long time member of St. Peter’s, Claire Ecker. Her obituary is posted on the bulletin board in the Parish House.

A MASS FOR CONFIRMATION AND RECEPTION into the Episcopal Church will be celebrated at our Cathedral in Trenton on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. Are you an Episcopalian by virtue of Confirmation or Reception in an Episcopal church? Are you a member of another Episcopal church? You might be surprised to learn that while you are an Episcopalian by virtue of Confirmation or Reception in this Church, you are not a member of St. Peter’s! You are welcome to check on your status by speaking with Fr. Turner.

For those of you who want to be Confirmed or Received into the Episcopal Church you will want to plan to attend our up coming Inquirer’s Class. For those of you who need to join St. Peter’s by transfer of letter from another Episcopal church, speak to the Vicar. In this case, participation in the Inquirer’s Class is optional. Participation in the Inquirer’s Class is open to every member and friend of St. Peter’s! Sometimes a “refresher course” can be very helpful!

OUR ADULT BIBLE STUDY CONTINUES on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Vicarage. We conclude at noon with the reading of the Angelus. Coffee (and sometimes delicacies) is served!

*We will be using Sam Portaro’s little book, Sense and Sensibility: A Lenten Exploration. We will engage our Lenten journey with the five senses as our context: touch, sight, smell, sound, taste. Doesn’t that sound interesting?