The Rev. Dr. Bonnie Thurston of Wheeling will lead a Lenten quiet day at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 1410 Chapline St., Wheeling, on Saturday, April 12.
The program is open to the community. Participants will gather at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and fellowship.
At 10 a.m., an abbreviated service of morning prayer will be offered and Thurston will give the first talk. Time for quiet reflection will be allowed after the talk.
Noon prayer will be followed by lunch. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch and a Bible.
Thurston's second talk will be given at 12:45 p.m., with time for quiet reflection after the presentation. The day will conclude at 2:30 p.m. with the celebration of Holy Eucharist.
Explaining the program, Thurston said, "On our Lenten quiet day, we will accompany Jesus through the last week of his life as it is recorded in St. Mark's gospel, chapters 11-15. Our focus will be events before the Last Supper but will include the last three days. In the morning, we will 'survey the terrain' of Jesus' last week and in the afternoon we will focus on one or two of the 'stops' along his journey."
The presenter added, "Each talk is self-contained for those who might only be able to come for half the day."
Thurston noted that in the book, "In the Company of Christ: A Pilgrimage through Holy Week," author Sister Benedicta Ward, S.L.G., writes of "the opportunity Lent gives to know ourselves in the silence of God."
A native of southern West Virginia, Thurston is an internationally-known author, educator and retreat leader, She has written or edited 18 theological books and many articles, has contributed to reference works in New Testament and taught at the university level for 30 years. Her most recent books are "O Taste and See," published by Paraclete Press in 2013, and "Maverick Mark: Untaming the First Gospel," issued by Liturgical Press, also in 2013.
Thurston's scholarly interests in New Testament include the gospels of Mark and John and the Deutero-Pauline canon and, more generally, the history of Christian spirituality and prayer. Her church affiliations include the Episcopal Church and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Ordained in 1984, she has served as co-pastor, pastor or interim of five churches and twice in overseas ministries.
For more information on the Lenten quiet day, call St. Matthew's office, 304-233-0133.