2017 Lenten Offerings

Ash Wednesday is March 1. The Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes will be offered at 7:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 7:00 p.m. in the Nave.


Lenten Study – Christ Before the Powers: how does sin shape our world?

Wednesdays in Lent, March 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5


For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against . . . the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. — Ephesians 6:12

Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection have redeemed humanity from the forces of sin and darkness for once and for all, but that does not mean those forces have vanished. How, then, are those powers present and at work in the structures, institutions, and systems that order our lives? How do we learn to identify, name, and resist them? In this five-part Lenten series, Holy Family will wrestle with one of the central questions of the Christian faith, discerning how to follow Jesus and live faithfully in a broken and fallen world.


5:30 Evening Prayer – Nave
5:50 Potluck soup supper – Parish Hall
6:30 Lenten program – Parish Hall (adults, youth)Christian Education Commons (children)


March 8 Dr. Charles Campbell, Professor of Homiletics, Duke Divinity School
Dr. Campbell will be with us to define and describe what we mean by the term “the powers.” You are invited and encouraged to read Chapter 5 of John Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath, in preparation for this lecture. Please contact the Rev. Sarah Ball-Damberg (sballdamberg@chfnc.net) if you need a copy.


March 15 The Rev. Jemonde Taylor, Rector, St. Ambrose Episcopal Church
St. Ambrose Episcopal Church was founded in February 1868 in Raleigh as a ministry to the recently emancipated persons of African ancestry. The Rev. Taylor and members of his parish will be with us to tell the story of some present-day problems they are having with their buildings and grounds and how those are tied to racial division going back to the late 1800s.


March 22 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Theologian and Martyr
Bonhoeffer, one of the best-known and most influential theologians of the 20th century, continues to be relevant to Christians’ response to the powers. Using excerpts from a film about his life, we will consider how Bonhoeffer’s witness speaks to us now.


March 29 Dr. Charles Campbell, Professor of Homiletics, Duke Divinity School
Dr. Campbell will return for the second of his two session on the powers and their consequences for those who seek to follow Jesus.


April 5 The Rev. Hugh Hollowell, Pastor, Love Wins Ministries
The Rev. Hollowell, a Mennonite pastor, was first hired to serve as a pastor on the street in downtown Raleigh. Love Wins Ministries, a ministry of presence and pastoral care for the homeless and at-risk population, grew out of the relationships he formed with the people he met. Hugh will be with us to talk about building Christ-centered community as a response to the powers.



Children’s Lenten Study Programming will meet in the Commons for ages 4-10 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Children over 10 can gather in a classroom in the Commons set up for homework or to play board games. To request nursery care for children under 4, please complete the form on the children’s page of Holy Family’s website under the heading “Parish Nursery”. All are invited to come ahead of time to join in Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m. and Soup Supper in the Parish Hall at 5:50 p.m.


Lenten Lunchtime Reading Group
Tuesday, March 7, 14, 21, 28, 12 p.m. Library

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Readings. Please join the Rev. Clarke French and the Rev. Sarah Ball-Damberg for a study of this influential theologian and how he speaks to us now. Bring your lunch, if you would like!

Contact the Rev. Sarah Ball-Damberg for a copy of the packet of readings.


Way of the Cross
Fridays in Lent, 6 p.m., Nave

We gather on the Fridays of Lent to pray the stations of the Cross, a 20-minute service of readings and prayer prayed at each of 14 stations.

Wednesday in Holy Week
April 12, 6 p.m., Nave
We will have a special edition of the Way of the Cross on the Wednesday of Holy Week, April 12th, also at 6 p.m.


Daily Office

Morning Prayer is every Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.

Evening Prayer is every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.


Sundays in Lent, March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 8 p.m., Nave

Beginning March 12, Compline will be sung in the Nave on Sunday evenings in Lent. All are welcome at this quiet, meditative service.