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Dear TGC Chelsea Community,

Welcome to the season of Lent—forty days between Epiphany and Good Friday. Inaugurated by ashes to the forehead (Ash Wednesday), and culminating in the Easter celebration, Lent is the reminder that we all come from dust and to dust we shall return (Genesis 3:19).

Commemorating Christ’s forty days of fasting in the wilderness, Lent simultaneously draws us into his suffering, while also pointing us toward the hope of his resurrection. Lent literally means “spring.” It is a season of death and rebirth, a time to take a spiritual inventory and clean out that which hinders our relationship with Christ and our service to him.

OUR LENTEN PRACTICES 

We are committed to practices of formation and experience. We long to be formed into the image of God and experience his goodness and presence. Through Lent we will apply ourselves to the practices of Reading the WordPrayer, and Fasting.

Reading the Word - You can participate with us in the TGC Lent Devotional (available as a hardcopy on Sundays and as a digital download below), which has a daily scripture and reflection.

Prayer - Let us come daily to our Lord bringing our meditations, reflections, and experiences to him. Let us sit at his feet, with patience and yet with eagerness to learn his heart and his ways. Pray with us through the TGC Lent Devotional below.

Fasting - Join us as we participate in the tradition of fasting through Lent. Fasting is a choosing to take authority over ourselves and then turning to Lord, abstaining from something as a declaration of submission to him. We want to focus not simply on 'What can I give up this Lent?' but 'What can I give out this Lent?' Consider how what you've chosen to abstain from can lead you to being more generous and charitable in this season.

Poetry: Cultivating creativity as spiritual practice - The Lenten Poetry Practice is a creative practice open to everyone in the church congregation, whether you consider yourself an artist or not. The invitation is simple: cultivate space every day for the duration of Lent (40 days) to create: a poem, a song, a sketch or design (visual poetry). There are weekly email prompts to guide the practice and inspire reflection. We believe creative expression is a vital tool for spiritual flourishing. This practice isn’t about writing perfect poetry; rather, it is an offering to God of your time, your honesty, and your imagination. 

  • All are welcome to also attend our Lenten Poetry Workshop on March 17th, 2pm-3.30pm, St.Paul’s, RSVP HERE. In the workshop we will explore the relationship between creativity and spiritual practice, through the medium of poetry. All are welcome. 

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HOLY WEEK

Holy Week is the culmination of Lent where we follow Jesus through his triumphal entry on Palm Sunday, his humility and preparation on Maundy Thursday, his sacrifice on Good Friday, his waiting on Holy Saturday, and his rising on Easter. 

ASH WEDNESDAY| march 6

Join the Trinity Grace Manhattan churches at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd in Chelsea as we observe Ash Wednesday, committing ourselves to the 40 day journey of repentance, fasting and generosity modeled by Christ. That evening we will receive ashes on our foreheads in the shape of the cross and be led into a meditation on the mystery of suffering Love through music, scripture and poetry. No childcare provided, but children are welcome.

  • Join us at 429 West 20th St., 7pm-8pm, read more and register here.

PALM SUNDAY | april 14th

"They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, 'Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!' And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, 'Who is this?' And the crowds said, 'This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.'”
- Matthew 21 : 7-11

  • Palm Sunday Service, 4:30 P.M., at St Pauls Church, 315 w. 22nd st.

MAUNDY THURSDAY | april 18th

We invite you to gather together in your homes with your friends and church family to imitate our Lord who gathered with his disciples in the upper room for their Last Supper. There he washed their feet, initiated the sacrament of Communion, and prepared himself for his work on the cross. We have a Maundy Thursday Table Liturgy available that leads you and those you gather with through the observance of this holy day. You can pick up a copy of this liturgy on the Communications Table on Sunday or download it here

GOOD FRIDAY | april 19th

Voices in the dark: an Evening of liturgy and original works from local poets and musicians. Good Friday marks the paradox of our faith, join us to experience the mystery of the cross through art. The community of God celebrate the funeral of God. Join us we commemorate the crucifixion of our Lord, remembering the great sufferings of Jesus for our sake.

  • Join us at St Paul's German Church, 315 W 22nd St., 7 P.M. No child care will be provided at this service.

SUNRISE SERVICE & EASTER SUNDAY SERVICE | April 21st

We gather on Easter to celebrate the victorious work of Jesus over sin and death. He is risen, He is risen indeed!

  • Join us for a sunrise 6 A.M service on the grass at Chelsea Waterside Park by Pier 63 for our Sunrise Service.

  • Join us at 4:30 P.M for our Easter Sunday Gathering at St.Paul’s, and Post-Service Tapas Potluck Party . All are welcome, so come celebrate with us! Bring your own appetizers, desserts or drinks to share. 

Interested in Baptism? If you’re interested to be Baptized on Easter Sunday with us, please let us know here. You will meet with one of our Elders for an introduction class and discussion.