2016-02-11 / Faith Community


Adult Lenten Study

The United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Road, Middletown, will offer an adult Lenten study to look at “To Kill a Mockingbird” with the eyes of 21st century people who continue to see that racism deeply divides our nation. Read the book before the program begins. A study guide will be used and can be obtained at the church office for $14. The program, which is open to all, will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 16, and will run for four consecutive Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the church office at 401-849-5444.

Trinity Discussion Series

On Sunday, Feb. 14, the Rev. Alan Neale, assisting priest at Trinity Church, will present the first in a series of discussions entitled “Walking with Giants–Meeting Spiritual Teachers.” During this session he will introduce the class to Dame Julian of Norwich. The program will be held in Honyman Hall from 9-9:45 a.m. Coffee will be served and all are welcome to attend. For more information, call the church office at 401-846-0660.

Wednesday Night Lenten Series

On Wednesdays, Feb. 17-March 23, from 6:45-8:15 p.m., Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., will hold the Wednesday Night Lenten Series “Living as People of Faith.” Each evening will begin with a soup supper and will include presentations on prayer, world religions, meditation and yoga. On Feb. 17, organist and choirmaster Waylon Whitley will present, “Let’s Leave a Dent in Our Universe: Making a Difference in the World as a Muslim.” The series is open to all. Pre-registration is recommended. For more information or to register, contact the parish office at 401-847-0675 or admin@emmanuelnewport.org. In addition, all are invited to Holy Eucharist at 6 p.m.

Trinity Lenten Speakers Series

On Wednesday evenings from Feb. 17–March 16, Trinity Church will host a speakers series on integrity. The first lecture of the series, held on Feb. 17, will be presented by the Rev. Alan Neale, assisting priest at Trinity, who will discuss “Integrity in Christian Discipleship and Tradition.” The program will be held in Honyman Hall with light refreshments at 7 p.m. and the lecture from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The series is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the church office at 401-846-0660.

Lenten Quiet Day at St. John’s

All are welcome to attend a Lenten Quiet Day at the Zabriskie Memorial Church of St. John the Evangelist on the corner of Washington and Willow streets on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., led by The Reverend Andrew Mead. The three meditations will be on the Psalms: “Psalm 95: Preparing for Worship; Psalm 35: Struggling with Adversaries; and Psalm 66: Life as Thanksgiving.” For more information, contact the church office at 401-848-2561.

Choral Evensong and Benediction

St. John the Evangelist, at Washington and Willow streets, will hold a choral Evensong and benediction on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. The service includes Allegri’s “Miserere,” performed by the Professional Choristers of the Choir School of Newport County and the St. John’s adult choir. With its rare high C, the “Miserere” was considered the unique property of the Sistine Chapel and the penalty for copying it was excommunication until the young Mozart transcribed it and was pardoned by the Pope. Also being sung is Randall Thompson’s “The Pelican,” with text from a Bestiary dating from 1120. There is no admission fee; a free-will offering will be appreciated. Evensong, an atmospheric and deeply personal form of worship, appeals to persons of many faiths and has been adopted as an American tradition in many parishes and cathedrals of the Episcopal Church.

Evensong Sunday

Evensong will take place at Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. The service of Evensong celebrates the beauty of the Anglican choral tradition, offering the gathered community a calm and peaceful liturgical veil through which the divine may be experienced. Sung at the close of day in cathedrals and churches throughout the world, Evensong is derived from the ancient offices of Vespers and Compline. Consisting of hymns, choral music, and readings, it is an opportunity for rest and meditation before the start of a busy week. For more information, contact the church office at 401-846-0660.

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