Our Discipleship Journey


By Barry Parker, Rector
Listen Online

Posted on March 5, 2017

Lent is an ancient and practical season of spiritual preparation, culminating in our observance of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection at Easter. Lent provides the opportunity to re-calibrate busy, noisy, and often fragmented lives.

What you often hear as we approach Lent is the mantra that you must give something up—chocolate, social media, dessert. A better way to engage Lent is to intentionally focus on an aspect of life that is often taken for granted. This Lent we are seeking to intentionally follow Jesus together in a more focused manner.

For those exploring the Christian faith, Lent provides an experience of engaging a living faith along with the implications for faith worked out in a community like St. Paul’s Bloor Street.

For followers of Jesus, also called disciples, Lent is a season to reflect and intentionally implement and extend the five elements of our St. Paul’s Discipleship Covenant.

Each week, we will gather to worship and focus on the key elements of following Jesus in our lives.

March 5—Active Involvement: engaging faith at St. Paul’s.

Action response: Sign up to serve in a new ministry area. Complete a Connection Card and check: "I am interested in serving in a ministry."

March 12—Worship: more than Sundays.

Action response: Commit to attending weekly worship services throughout Lent and Easter.

March 19—Financial Contribution: blessed to be a blessing.

Action response: For the next season seek to give 10% of your income to bless others.

March 26—Prayer and Study: learning together for life change.

Action response: Spend time in prayer, Bible reading and daily study throughout Lent and Easter.

April 2—Evangelism: living the faith.

Action response: Pray for friends, coworkers and family that you might invite to one of the Easter services.

Regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey you are invited to engage with us as we journey together through Lent and Easter.