The 2016 Women’s Lenten Retreat took place at St. Gregory’s on Friday, February 5 (evening) and on Saturday, February 6 (morning). Our theme, “Embracing Scripture: God’s Word Comes Alive!”, guided our time together and was inspired by the our recent emphasis on furthering spiritual growth through deepened engagement with Scripture. Over twenty women gathered to study Scripture, engage in small group discussion, and enjoy wonderful fellowship and worship time.
Our Scripture study focused on four Bible passages taken from various Lenten services – one Old Testament reading, one Psalm, one New Testament reading (epistle), and one Gospel reading. Three different translations of each lesson were provided as well as questions for reflection/discussion in small groups. In addition, four attendees offered brief testimonies about what Holy Scripture meant to them and the Rev. Elizabeth Pankey Warren offered a wonderful guided meditation on Friday evening. Friday evening ended with Compline by candlelight and the retreat concluded on Saturday with a Eucharist service led by Fr. Andrew.
Because we found our time together so meaningful and uplifting, we now offer the retreat schedule, Scripture readings, and discussion questions online for anyone to use and enjoy.