Return to the LORD

Yet even now, says the Lord,
return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
rend your hearts and not your clothing.
Return to the Lord, your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,lencten
and relents from punishing.
(Joel 2.12-13 NRSV)

The name Lent comes from Old English, and means “spring.” It is a time when days lengthen (lencten). As the days lengthen, we take time to see how we are separated from God and other people. Then, we make changes in our lives so that we can return in love.

In the western Church, Lent begins on February 10, 2016, on Ash Wednesday. This day is called that because of the custom of marking the foreheads of those seeking to return with ashes to mark the start of the journey. This is the “imposition of ashes.”

Church of the Redeemer has two services on Ash Wednesday this year to start our return.

  • 12:00 noon, the Order of Service for Noonday with the imposition of ashes. This is a short prayer service.
  • 7:00 pm, the Ash Wednesday service with the imposition of ashes and Holy Eucharist (Communion). This is a longer service to mark the start of Lent. It reminds us of those things to look during this time. It ends with us becoming one in Christ, taking Christ in us with communion.

If you have questions, contact the church office at (425) 486-3777 or

Blow the trumpet in Zion;
sanctify a fast;
call a solemn assembly;
gather the people.
Sanctify the congregation;
assemble the aged;
gather the children,
even infants at the breast.
Let the bridegroom leave his room,
and the bride her canopy.
(Joel 2.15-16 NRSV)

The King of Glory

Soup and Scripture to nourish our return along the way

On Tuesdays during Lent, there will be a simple soup supper at 5:30 pm in the Parish Hall in the undercroft at Redeemer. At 6:00 pm, there will be a Bible study of one of the four Passion narratives about how Jesus suffered and died.

There is no charge for Soup and Scripture. Donations are accepted.

You do not need to be a member of Church of the Redeemer to participate in this activity for Lent. Everyone is welcome.

After Soup and Scripture concludes, all are invited to a communion service in the church at 7:00 pm.

O children of Zion, be glad
and rejoice in the Lord your God;
for he has given the early rain for your vindication,
he has poured down for you abundant rain,
the early and the later rain, as before.
The threshing-floors shall be full of grain,
the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
(Joel 2.23-24 NRSV)

Soup and Scripture

The last seven words of Jesus

Adult education on Sundays during Lent will examine the seven last words of Jesus. Classes start at 9:30 am in the Education Building on the campus of Church of the Redeemer.

What do Jesus words have to tell us about what it means to be human in the most human of his moments? Come to find out.

Read more about the classes.

The last seven words of Jesus

Lenten quiet morning on the labyrinth

Would you like to take time out to be quiet with the Lord during Lent?

You have that opportunity on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Gather in the Parish Hall in the undercroft from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon to walk the Circle of Peace™ labyrinth or meditate using finger or stylus labyrinths. Read more about the Lenten quiet morning.

Lenten quiet morning on the labyrinth

Evening vespers for Lent

Evening Vespers is based on the classic evening service of quiet prayer and contemplation. The next service is on March 6, 2015, at 7:00 pm. There will be a Lenten theme for the music. Readings, music, meditation, and silence guide our listening to God.

The Redeemer Choir will be joined by members of Vox16 for Evening Vespers. They will sing chants from the Taizé community and an anthem by Hans Leo Hassler.

Read more about Evening vespers for Lent.

Evening Vespers

Church of the Redeemer

Community life at Redeemer centers on worship in the Episcopal traditionArt and music vitally deepen this worship. Our faith expresses itself with service to people, locally to internationally.

Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 Northeast 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.