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Lenten Book Study Begins Soon

Please join us for five weeks starting on Wednesday March 20 at 10 a.m. as we discuss Sense and Sensibility, by Sam Portaro. Below is a description from the book.


Lent is often a season given to denial of physical pleasure and sensation. Yet a cultural atmosphere saturated with visual images, noise and air pollution, violence, and processed foods has dulled the senses.


Physical sensation plays an integral role in the human capacity for emotion and feeling. Overstimulation of the senses gradually erodes one’s ability to feel emotionally. Empathy – emotional identification and connection with others – is crucial to liturgical engagement, especially in the highly dramatic practices of the signal events of the Christian Year. 


The discipline of a 40-day preparation for Easter suggests the importance that the Church places on this season retelling of the central acts of redemption. A renewed relationship with our physical senses is prerequisite to a sensibility deeply attuned to engagement with the biblical stories read, taught, and liturgically reenacted in the rites of Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter. 


Sam Portaro was the Episcopal Chaplain to the University of Chicago. 


Books cost $10 and are available from Laurie Holden. Readings will start on Ash Wednesday, but discussion begins March 20. 


Holy Eucharist, Rite I Sunday, May 26 @ 7:30 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II Sunday, May 26 @ 9:00 AM
Christian Formation Sunday, May 26 @ 10:00 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II Sunday, May 26 @ 11:00 AM
Service of Holy Eucharist Sunday, May 26 @ 5:00 PM
Bible Study Monday, May 27 @ 10:30 AM
Al-Anon Monday, May 27 @ 12:00 PM

350 E. Massachusetts Ave, Southern Pines, NC     eec@emmanuel-parish.org      (910) 692-3171            

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