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Lent 2018

Ash Wednesday

February 14: 7 a.m., 12:05 & 7 p.m.


As we enter this season of preparation, self-reflection and amendment of life we offer several opportunities to mark the day. Children are welcome in all liturgies.

7 a.m. Liturgy
Designed for persons on their way to of from work, this briefer service includes the essential elements of the Ash Wednesday liturgy.

12:05 p.m. Liturgy
This service is shaped to include both the downtown business community and persons who are free during the day.

7 p.m. Liturgy
This traditional service features open space for those present to visit various stations around the nave. Following the open space, the liturgy continues with the Litany of Penitence and Holy Communion.

Labyrinth Walk
Walking a labyrinth is a spiritual exercise to quiet, center and allow contemplation and prayer. A labyrinth will be available all day in Founders’ Hall, beginning at 7 a.m.


Sundays in Lent

February 18–March 18


Adult Forums
9:15 a.m. • Common Room

Perennial Pilgrims: Making the Trip through Holy Week

We are invited annually to hear and experience the story of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. You are invited come and get ready for the journey during the Sundays of Lent. The travel log of Egeria, a woman who visited the Holy Land in the late fourth century, as well as the Book of Common Prayer will serve as guides for our preparation.

We will use Egeria’s writings, Scripture, and church tradition as springboards from which to understand our own experience of Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter at the Cathedral. The question, “What does this mean for us?” will be a constant theme preparing and propelling us forward as people of faith.

The goal of our time together is to share together the actual pilgrimage of Holy Week and Easter. This class will be led by Dean Peter DeVeau assisted by others.

Lent Workshop
Sunday, February 18
11:30 a.m. • Founders’ Hall

Prepare for Lent by picking up Lent in Bag materials, adding to our Lenten mural and painting crosses to be used during Holy Week. Supplies will be provided and coffee hour refreshments will be available.

Palm Cross Workshop
Sunday, March 18
11:30 a.m. • Founders’ Hall

We make crosses out of palm leaves for distribution on Palm Sunday. Please bring your scissors. Someone will help if you’ve never done it before! Extra palms are available to make additional crosses at home and return by Palm Sunday. Crosses are also given to St. Luke’s Hospital and Hospice, and Bishop Spencer Place. Contact Janet Sweeting (816.474.8260 ext. 144 or with questions.


Wednesdays in Lent

February 21–March 21


5:30 p.m. • Contemplative Eucharist in the Nave
6 p.m. • Simple Supper in Founders’ Hall
6:30-8 p.m. • Learning Opportunities

Living Out Our Baptismal Covenant: The Creed for Today (Nicene or Apostles’)
Each Sunday in worship we recite the Nicene Creed as an affirmation of our faith. Though formulated centuries ago, the Creed summarizes the fundamental beliefs we still consider essential today. This study will delineate those beliefs and explore how they are relevant for contemporary life. The class will be led by Dr. Bill Stancil, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Rockhurst University.

The Way: Preparing for Baptism and Affirmation of Faith
We invite you to join us for an adult faith formation experience for those seeking to deepen their faith, or know more about the Episcopal Church. The Way is for persons new to the church, those desiring to be baptized, confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church. Each evening includes a meal, a brief presentation, group Bible sharing and concludes with prayer. Please contact Marco Serrano,

Childcare is available for Wednesday evening Lenten programs. To make a reservation, contact or 816-474-8260 ext. 112.


Youth Formation

During Lent, youth in grades 6–12 are invited to Wednesday Night Youth Group (7–8:30 p.m., including a simple dinner) and Sunday morning formation (9:30–10 a.m.), both in the Haden Hall Youth Room. Our Wednesday evening program during Lent is focused on exploring the details of the events leading up to and through the Passion. Join us for dinner, fellowship, meaningful discussion and worship.


Children’s Formation

Easter Egg Hunt Candy Donations Needed

Bring your donations of candy (individually wrapped, in small packages) to the box in the Tower during Lent. We’ll stuff the eggs after the 10:15 a.m. service on Palm Sunday.

Noisy Offering
March 18

We will make a joyful noise to the Lord with our offering on this day! Bring an offering of coins to be donated to the New Americans program, which serves refugee children in Kansas City public schools. The Cathedral’s children will assist the ushers in collecting the coins in metal buckets, so we can hear the funds add up. Don’t keep coins around? No problem. Quiet checks and cash are welcome, too.


Lent Resources

Lent resources for adults and children are available in the Tower entry to assist you with your observance of a holy Lent. Additional resources are available for purchase in the Bookstore.


Dean’s Book for Lent

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning


This year’s book for Lent is practical. Downsizing at any age or time of transition can be cathartic and freeing. Not allowing possessions to own nor overwhelm us can challenge us and those who sift through our things after we die. Who will deal with our stuff when we are gone? Such practice has good foundation in biblical witness. “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can take nothing out.” 1 Timothy 6:7


Being a Servant Church

Provide for Pantries
Place non-perishable food for St. Mary’s Pantry in the big baskets in the Tower and Founders’ Hall entrances.

Week of 2/18: Peanut Butter
Week of 2/25: Mac & Cheese
Week of 3/4: Canned Meat (Chicken or Tuna)
Week of 3/11: Boxed Potatoes/Pasta Dinners
Week of 3/18: Canned Veggies/Fruit
Week of 3/25: Cake Mixes/Cookie Mixes/Dessert in a Box
Easter 4/1: Canned Meat

Donate Paper Products
During Lent, we will be collecting paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, Kleenex) for Sheffield Place.

Collect Hotel Samples
If you are traveling during spring break (or any other time during Lent), please collect unused hotel samples of shampoo, soap, body lotion, etc. for hygiene kits for the homeless.

Pack Bags with BackSnacks
Every week we send 320 bags with food to five area schools for children who may not have food to eat over the weekend.
You are invited to help fill bags with food. During Lent, we will fill the bags Wednesday mornings, February 21, March 7 and March 21 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the back hallway of Haden Hall in the Outreach Room.

Help Fix and Serve Lunch at St. Mary’s Pantry
Come help fix and serve lunch at St. Mary’s Pantry, Saturday, February 24 and Saturday, March 24, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Contact Jerry Grabher to sign up,

Volunteer At KCCK
Volunteers in this position will be setting up the dining room to prepare for our diners, Saturday, March 10, 8:30–10:30 a.m. Tasks will involve rolling silverware, setting up tables and chairs, putting out tablecloths, etc. This team will also set up the beverage station and pack to-go snack bags. Volunteers under 14 should have proper adult supervision (one adult for every 2 kids) and no volunteers will be permitted under 10 years old. Contact Terri Curran,

Easter Baskets for Foster Children
Help assemble Easter Baskets for residential children housed at Crittenton, Sheffield Place and KAW Valley Children’s Centers on Palm Sunday, March 25, between services in Founders’ Hall.

Pray for Ministries
Kansas City Community Kitchen
Episcopal Relief & Development
Maison de Naissance Maternity Center in Haiti
Habitat for Humanity
Local Food Pantries
Local Domestic Violence Shelters
Crittenton Children’s Center at St. Luke’s Hospital
BackSnack Partners & Recipients


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