“I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live” (John 11:25).
Dear People of St. Stephen’s,
This year for our Lenten Study, we are going to study the topic of death and dying. I know this isn’t exactly a favorite topic for most of us, but it is an important one in a culture that tends to fear and avoid death. As Christians, we believe that death is not the end. We are a resurrection people.
Each year on Ash Wednesday, we receive ashes on our foreheads and hear the powerful words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (BCP 265). These words invite us to face the reality that our mortal lives will come to an end and in the face of this reality to name our hope in Christ. This is what we celebrate in Easter—that Christ conquered death once and for all and made life eternal available to us in God.
This study will provide us with spiritual and practical tools to help us become more comfortable with our own humanity and to help us know how to better care for others as they make this journey. We will: examine death and dying in terms of Christian faith, study our burial service and have the opportunity to plan our own services, discuss end of life options and their ethical implications, be encouraged to think about our own medical directives and wills, and learn about hospice and home care.
We will begin our study with soup supper at 6pm on Tuesdays March 11, 18, 25, and April 1 and 8. A sign up will be in the back of the sanctuary for the supper.
I encourage you to attend. I also plan to make these materials available to those unable to attend. Please contact me with any questions.
Yours in our Risen Lord,