Ecumenical Quiet Day Open to Community

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March 3, 2015  Grand Haven, Michigan.  Ecumenical Quiet Day Open to Community

During the Season of Lent, many Christians give something up or take something on as a way of observing the season. Though previously observed primarily Roman Catholic or Mainline Protestant churches, over the years the observance of Lent has spread to Evangelical traditions as well.

“The opening up of the Season of Lent to all Christian traditions is one of the great understatements of modern ecumenism,” says the Very Rev. Jared C. Cramer, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Grand Haven. “This is a season when we reflect upon what it means to be a Christian and how God is calling us to change, to live differently, so that we can be more faithful in our daily life and work.”

Fr. James Honeycutt of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church and Fr. Jared Cramer of St. John's
Fr. James Honeycutt of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church and Fr. Jared Cramer of St. John’s Episcopal

In order to provide time and space for Christians of all denominations to explore these questions, St. John’s Episcopal Church is hosting an Ecumenical Quiet Day on Saturday, March 21, from 9:00am – 4:30pm at St. John’s. Their rector, Father Cramer, will be joined by Father James Honeycutt, the new priest at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Norton Shores, MI.

The day will begin and end with simple Morning and Evening Prayers. Throughout the day, there will be a total of four 30-minute meditations offered by Father Jared or Father James. Father Jared is leading meditations entitled “Divine Healing—The Christian Spiritual Life” and “Private Prayer, Contemplation, and the Illuminative Path.” Father James is leading meditations entitled “Humanity as Divine Reflection and the Purgative Path” and “Sacraments and Theosis—Relationship Restored.”

Each meditation will be followed by hour-long periods of quiet for contemplation and reflection. During those quiet times, both Father James and Father Jared will be available for one-on-one times of spiritual conversation for which people will be invited to sign-up when they arrive.

Before the official start time of Morning Prayer at 9:00am, a Yoga Instructor at St. John’s is also offering an 8:00am “Yoga Wake-Up” as an optional addition to the Quiet Day. The day has a suggested donation of $25 to cover costs, as breakfast and lunch are both included. There are scholarships to assist.

Those interested in attending are invited to register online or by calling the Parish Office, 616-842-6260.

“Lent is a time for deepening our relationship with God. By providing this space, filled with a quiet contemplation punctuated by meditations from two different spiritual traditions—one Orthodox and one Anglican—my hope is that area Christians will find themselves encouraged and inspired in their own Christian life.”

St. John’s Episcopal Church is a diverse Christian community in the heart of downtown Grand Haven. One of the oldest places of worship in Grand Haven, they seek to blend historic liturgy with challenging education and active outreach. They gather together for Holy Eucharist on Sundays at 8:30am and 10:30am and on Wednesdays at Noon and for Daily Prayer at 8:30am and 5:15pm Monday through Thursday.

March 3, 2015

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