St. Columba's Episcopal Church

Worship and Music - Lent

Children's disposition of ashes
Inclement Weather Policy

For the most up-to-date information on scheduled activities, please call the parish office at 202-363-4119.  If the automated attendant answers the phone, select option 9.

During periods of inclement weather, a liberal leave policy will be in effect for staff.  So, while the parish may be open, individual activities, meetings, etc. may still be cancelled due to a staff member’s inability to get safely to the church.  It’s best to call the parish office for current information.

On weekdays, St. Columba’s follows the DC Public Schools.  If they are closed, the parish is closed and all activities are cancelled (same for delayed openings).  All activities scheduled before the delayed opening time are cancelled.  All activities beginning after the delayed opening time will occur as scheduled.

On Sundays, while individual activities (Forum, Sunday School, meetings, etc.) might be canceled, worship services will occur as scheduled (except in very extreme conditions) and parishioners are asked to use their best judgment as to whether they can safely get to church. Call for the most up-to-date operational information.

Worship is the heart of our life at St. Columba’s, and we offer prayer through and are nurtured by the Holy Eucharist. Our Sunday and weekday Eucharists use Rite II from the Book of Common Prayer and other supplemental rites available to us. Rite II is often thought of as the less formal liturgical form. St. Columba’s mission statement affirms that we seek to be “rich in worship,” so we try to offer worship that is inviting for people of all ages, with music of many styles and preaching that seeks to bring the Gospel to life. Our Sunday Eucharists are also occasions when we regularly celebrate baptisms throughout the year. In the Eucharist, Christ is present, welcoming us all, whoever we are. We hope you will come and discover this experience of welcome and then join us in serving God’s world after you leave.

We are observing the Season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 10, 2016) and culminates with Palm Sunday (Mar. 20, 2016) and Holy Week, when our worship will commemorate the dramatic events of Jesus’ last days and his Crucifixion. Lent is a time of simplicity and seriousness, and the style of our worship is more austere. There are no flowers and the vestments are the plain color of undyed linen. Through music, scripture readings and preaching we explore our need for God’s forgiveness and grace so that we can deepen our commitment as disciples of Christ.

Click the links below for our Lenten worship schedule

Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter services

Photo: Barbara McGowan


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