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Little did we know, last year at this time, what Lent 2016 would bring us.

“The Artist’s Way of the Cross” gave us access to some of the most compelling visual representations of each of the 14 Stations of the Cross that we could never have imagined (view them here).

It became clear to us: art and artistic expression is in the DNA of Saint Barnabas and we cannot let both the desire to express it and our hunger to receive these expressions go unmet.

We will be making it a point to periodically each year find a way to call on our parish artists to go within themselves and find ways to translate scripture, song, prayers, and stories into what God has put in them to create.

This year, we will do that again through a Lenten program. Lent 2017 begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1, and we will begin our weekly program on Wednesday, March 8, continuing through mid-April.

Dinner: 5:45 – 6:25 in Hutton Hall

Program 6:30-7:30 in the Sanctuary

This year’s theme will be:

Lenten Gospels: Temptation, Mercy and the Cross.

Lent brings us some of the richest stories of Jesus’ interactions with the devil, with various people, and finally with his Father in Heaven and we invite you to engage with one of these gospel passages to create your art. Any artistic expression is welcome from painting to singing to dancing to sculpture to beyond. Each week of our program, we will pray together, and then invite the artists to speak to their work and what was birthed in them via the Scriptures. Art will be displayed throughout our worship spaces and on our website. Please see below to view the Scriptures, select one as your inspiration, and to sign up to be one of our 2017 artists.

We look forward to your participation in yet another way to allow art and beauty to guide us toward the divine.

Lenten Gospels

Click the following links to read each gospel that will be represented this year. If you would like to make art to represent one of these gospels, you are welcome to do so and it will be displayed at Saint Barnabas during the Lent & Easter seasons. At this time, our sign-ups for the Wednesday evening Lenten programs are full. Please contact Rev. Erika for more information.

Ash Wednesday: Matthew 6:1-6,16-21
(to be read in church on March 1)

Lent 1: Matthew 4:1-11
(to be read in church on March 5)

Lent 2: John 3:1-17
(to be read in church on March 12)

Lent 3: John 4:5-42
(to be read in church on March 19)

Lent 4: John 9:1-41
(to be read in church on March 26)

Lent 5: John 11:1-45
(to be read in church on April 2)

Palm Sunday: The Triumphal Entry: Matthew 21:1-11
(to be read in church on April 9: beginning of service)

Palm Sunday: The Sunday of the Passion: Matthew 26:14- 27:66
(to be read in church on April 9: end of service)