Prayer in Lent

Adult Education Study: Sundays, March 6 — April 10, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

On Sunday mornings, men and women of all ages, including college students, are invited to gather at 9:45 a.m. to participate in a Christian education study for the season of Lent. Those choosing to attend in person may join us in the Hulme Room; virtual participation via Zoom videoconferencing also will be available.

Prayer in Lent: Drawing Close to the God Who Loves You

You’ve probably heard a thousand times that, at heart, Christianity is a relationship with God. The very good news is that, in Christ, God takes the initiative, coming close to us in love before we even know it. And then God invites us to grow in that relationship day by day throughout our lives. The most direct way to do that is to draw close to God in prayer.

Lent is the perfect time to renew our practice of prayer. Any human relationship grows by spending time together, sharing, listening, or just being. The same is true in our faith. We need ways of praying that help us draw close to the God who loves us–reliable, life-giving ways of speaking to God, listening to God, and being with God.

In this class we’ll explore several ways that Christians across the centuries have learned to grow closer to God in prayer, as taught in the award-winning book Kneeling with Giants: Learning to Pray with History’s Best Teachers (InterVarsity Press, 2012).

About the Author

Rev. Dr. Gary Neal Hansen
Rev. Dr. Gary Neal Hansen

The Reverend Dr. Gary Neal Hansen currently serves as Parish Associate at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, and our congregation is blessed that he will lead participants in this Lenten study of his award-winning book. For many years, Dr. Hansen was for many years a professor of Church history at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. He was ordained to serve as pastor of the Hillsborough Presbyterian Church in Belle Mead, New Jersey, while completing his Ph.D. at Princeton Theological Seminary. He moved to Pittsburgh in 2016 when his wife, Dawna Duff, was appointed to the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. They have two children, ages 11 and 13.

For Virtual Participants: Access links are typically delivered to participants by email on Sunday mornings. If you have questions, or want to be sure you will receive the email invitation, please contact the church office.

Reminder: Childcare for infants through two-year-olds starts at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings, and Children’s Ministry leaders are ready to welcome older children during this time should families choose to participate in person.

For additional information, please contact the church office.