Welcome to St. Michael's Episcopal Church, a parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee! We invite you to join us in worship, fellowship, and ministry as we proclaim the Gospel and show God's love to all people.
The Season of Lent (Feb 18 - Apr 5)
"Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts..."
This opening prayer of Lent (from the Ash Wednesday liturgy) is very telling during these forty days of "...self-examination, prayer, fasting, self-denial; and reading and meditating on God's holy Word" (BCP, p 265). These words place all we do in the context of a loving God who will help us to change our hearts. During this season, most of us focus on the difficulty of Lenten disciplines, however, and not on the Church's intended goal: finding ways to allow God to deepen our relationship with him.
Although Sundays (as feast days in honor of Christ's resurrection) are excluded from the forty-day count, our worship during this time still reflects Lent's purpose. This is apparent in the added time for meditation on God's Word and the restraint in our celebration. The importance of worship in deepening our relationship with God is emphasized by the presence of five distinct liturgies (Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday).
Lent is a demanding yet wonderful season for both the individual as well as the community of believers. We have the opportunity, the structure and the support to engage our hearts and minds in examining and deepening our relationship with God. Let us journey together and observe a holy Lent.