This Lent, we’ll follow Jesus into the wilderness, searching for and discovering the spiritual and material gifts of the natural world.  Each week, we’ll explore one aspect of a wilderness experience, inspired by authors and activists, and reflected on by our community members.  We’ll think about how God is present as we navigate the wilderness encounters in our lives.  

Week 1 (Mar 2-5): Encountering Wildness
Week 2 (Mar 6-12): Encountering Solitude
Week 3 (Mar 13-19): Encountering Dependence
Week 4 (Mar 20-26): Encountering Silence
Week 5 (Mar 27-Apr 2): Encountering Freedom
Week 6 (Apr 3-9): Encountering Interdependence
Week 7 (Apr 10-17): Encountering Refuge & Possibility  

May the words and wisdom captured in this collection guide us through a holy Lent, when we can release what burdens and distracts, and be drawn closer to God.  May we accompany Jesus in this time of wilderness, allowing the natural world to teach us and expand our faith in the Creator and Creating God. May our wilderness encounters be blessed.

In gratitude for the wandering wonder ahead of us!

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Curbside Ashes
Wednesday, March 2 from 8:00-9:00am & 12:00-1:00pm
All in our extended community are welcome to receive prayer and ashes on the curb of 86th Street, in front of the church.

Evening Service
Wednesday, March 2 at 6:30pm
Join us for an in-person and livestreamed service on YouTube.  Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent: a time set apart; a holy time; a time to evaluate ourselves and be transformed by Christ’s love. To begin such a journey, we’ll gather together to reflect, receive ashes, pray, and sing. Tonight's service is in collaboration with Church of the Village.

Sundays (Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr. 3) at 11:00am
Join us each Sunday for our in-person worship service, which will be simulcast on YouTube

Wednesdays (Mar. 9, 16, 23, 30, Apr. 6) at 6:30pm
Every Wednesday evening in Lent, we’ll come together for a midweek time of worship.  Drawing from the devotionals, we’ll be guided in a time of prayer, song, and reflection.  We’ll alternate between in-person and Zoom services and you are warmly welcome at all of them!

3/9: Join us on Zoom
3/16: Join us in the sanctuary or on YouTube
3/23: Join us on Zoom
3/30: Join us in the sanctuary or on YouTube
4/6: Join us on Zoom

Thurdays, March 10, 24, 31, & April 7 at 6:30pm
& Wednesday, April 20 at 6:30pm
No meeting on Thursday, April 14

We’re delighted that the Bible Study that began at St. Paul & St. Andrew is on the move! Now, our sister congregation, Memorial United Methodist Church in White Plains, will host the study through the season of Lent. All are welcome and encouraged to come. We will begin on Thursday, March 10th at 6:30pm, and will be reading Struggle and Lament, in Ch. 12. Click here to join on Zoom

While the devotional guide will help us meditate on the gifts of wilderness each day, you’re also invited to experience the wilderness right outside your window.  Each week as a community, we’ll engage our wilderness by getting out and into it. Six sites and accompanying activities, one for each week of the season, will draw us in and open our awareness to the wilds of our world. Those sites of exploration and the city’s wilds will be amplified for us by the work of our Featured Artist of Lent, photographer and community member, Jade Palma Gil.  We’re in for a treat! 

March 2-9 
Recorded Guided Meditation - Riverside Park with bj Karpen
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Thursday, March 10 at 6:00pm 
Wonder & Wander - Fort Tryon Park with Andrea Steinkamp
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Tuesday, March 15 at 6:00pm 
Nature Walk - Van Cortlandt Park
with Lea Matthews
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Thursday, March 24 at 6:00pm 
Prayer Walk - Inwood Hill Park with Katie Reimer
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March 27-April 3 
Recorded Guided Walking Meditation - The High Line with Amanda Munroe
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Monday, April 4 at 6:00pm 
Nature Scavenger Hunt - Central Park with K Karpen
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Holy Week & Easter Schedule
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Featured Artist for Lent: Jade Palma Gil

Farmer, Photographer, Activist. Born and raised in the Philippines, Alexis “Jade” Palma Gil is an immigrant and a father of two. Jade has been a community organizer and educator for the past 15 years in both the U.S. and the Philippines — serving youth, workers, peasant farmers, urban poor, and migrants.  He also worked as a project coordinator for relief and rehabilitation of rural communities after the super typhoon hit the southern part of the Philippines. Jade and his family have been a part of the St. Paul & St. Andrew community for years.  His photographs of worship and love in action have been a gift to us. Now they can help guide our Lenten journey into the wilderness.