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Psalms: Music for the Soul

Sundays @ 11:30 a.m. via Zoom

Feb. 14, 21, 28 
March 7, 14, 21, 28
April 11, 18, 25
May 2, 9

Join us online as we study the Book of Psalms.  This is a treasured book of the Bible which many are familiar with, and which has enriched worship and personal devotions for generations.  We will look at the Psalms and the many lenses they offer that touch our lives – joy, praise, gratitude, sadness, comfort and grief – and how we can incorporate them in our prayer lives and spiritual practices.  Copies of the study guide are available at the Parish Office.

Lent n’ Lunch

Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent

Wednesdays @ noon during Lent via Zoom

Feb. 17 – March 31

The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death; then, we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, you are invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life. Together, we will reflect anew on the loving actions of God as recounted in the Easter Vigil readings. Together, we will walk through the depths of salvation history into the fullness of redemption through the practices of the Way of Love – Turn, Pray, Learn, Bless, Rest, Worship and Go.
Classes will begin at noontime with a short video on the appointed scripture, followed by discussion time. Bring your lunch and join us on Wednesdays during Lent!

Lenten Prayer Ribbons

Feb. 17 – April 2

Beginning on Ash Wednesday and throughout the Lenten season, prayer ribbons and markers, along with instructions, will be placed at St. Michael’s front doors. All are welcome to join in!

During Lent, the community of Bristol is invited to write prayer intentions on ribbons that can then be affixed to our iron fence. In humble recognition of the events of the past year, we are called to lift our prayers of hope and comfort for our community, our loved ones and our world. Join us in the visual expression of the power of prayer to connect with one another during this season in the “desert.”

Female Mystics of the Middle Ages

The book Medieval Writings on Female Spirituality

Free books: The text is Medieval Writings on Female Spirituality (Penguin Classics, 2002). St. Michael’s will provide books to the first 10 people who register. 

Mondays, 5-6:30 p.m. via Zoom

March 1, 8, 15, 22

Facilitator: Charles C. Calhoun

Registration Required

Despite St. Paul’s admonishment that women should keep silent in church, a remarkable number of women in the Middle Ages defied the patriarchy by publicly expressing their intense sense of direct communion with God. One of them was canonized, another was burned as a heretic. This 4-part class will examine the lives and teachings of some of these outspoken prophets and visionaries, from Hildegard of Bingen to Margery Kempe. What did it mean to speak with the Virgin Mary, to experience Christ’s Passion in your own flesh, to weep “holy tears”? Were these women delusional, or extraordinarily blessed? 

Talking God: The Practice of Prayer

Facilitator: The Rev. Eileen Lindeman, spiritual director
Two Sundays, March 14 & 21
5 – 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

What is this thing we call “prayer”? How did it come about and what role does it have in our lives as a church and for those on a spiritual journey? What are the ways we can pray? Join The Rev. Eileen Lindeman, spiritual director, as she takes us through the meaning and practice of prayer. The first Sunday we will discuss and learn about prayer and prayers, and share our experiences with how this ancient practice intersects with our lives today. Participants will then be invited to practice various prayer methods during the week and then share their experiences with the group on the following Sunday. There is no one right way to pray, there is no one prayer more effective than another. This class is about discovering (or rediscovering) the rich experience of prayer all around us.

The Reverend Eileen Lindeman is an experienced retreat leader and spiritual director who has led retreats for over 30 years, throughout California, as well as in Nevada, New Hampshire, Nebraska and Tennessee. She is currently the priest -in -charge at Church of the Holy Spirit in Charlestown Rhode Island. Her background in chaplaincy work (university, hospital and with the homeless/mentally ill) as well as varied parish ministry settings informs her understanding of prayer. “I have a passion for letting God love and be loved by those who seek to pray. God chooses to invite us to speak and to hear. Why is it so hard to respond?”

Eileen is married to the Reverend Mitch Lindeman, priest -in -charge at Trinity- Pawtuxet village. They live with their daughter Claire and Jack the dog in Westerly, RI.