HR | March Newsletter

By Hanley Road on March 1st, 2019

News and Events at The Journey Hanley Road
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Lent: A Season of Substitution 

Dear Hanley Road Family, 

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that it would be a challenge to find people who are really excited for Lent. As this season is synonymous with giving things up, its reputation does not build anticipation.

Historically, Lent has been a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, although it grew out of the period of instruction for catechumens - new believers under instruction in the faith - prepping for an Easter Eve baptism. The season is also closely associated with Jesus' temptation in the desert. In modern times, it has become more about giving up 'vices.' We hear people say, "I gave up chocolate for Lent" or "I gave up beer for Lent."

This year, I'm looking at Lent more as a parallel to Advent. Just as Advent gets us thinking and preparing for the incarnation, Lent will be a season to reflect on substitution. Satan tempted our Lord with things of the world - food, security, and power. Jesus didn't deny these things but replaced them with the Word and promise of God. When we trust in the Lord, we are not "giving up" things but receiving that of far greater value. This is a small reflection of the great substitution God enacted through Jesus. God has substituted our pitiful standing - which would bring us woe no matter how much we tried to earn God's favor - for Jesus' perfect standing - for Jesus' perfect standing, accomplished by his life, death, and resurrection. 

So what does this mean practically? As is so often the case, it's really about the heart attitude more than our actions. Instead of thinking "I'll give up Starbucks for a day and then give that money to the food bank," flip the script and say, "Through God's grace, he has given me the resources to partner with him in helping his children in need. I will substitute the coffee I don't really need for generosity." With the right attitude, fasting and almsgivings are celebrations. But you won't sustain that attitude on your own; that's where prayer comes in. Even flip the script on your prayers. Don't pray "Lord, give me the strength to resist this coffee" but "Lord, replace this craving (or even unconscious habit) with Your love for Your children so that giving will nourish me more than caffeine ever could."

You might find that you like the new heart attitude so much it becomes a life thing and not just a Lent thing.

Together in Christ,

If you are interested in learning more about Lent, here are a few devotional resources that we have found valuable in our study and practice:
Lenten Lights | 8 Biblical devotions to prepare for Easter from Desiring God 
Lent Guide | The Village Church
Preparing Our Hearts For Easter | Lenten Devotionals from Redeemer Presbyterian


Come join us for an Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, March 6, at 7 a.m. here at the church. This day on the liturgical calendar marks a point of reckoning with our own mortality, our own frailty, and our need for a Savior who supersedes the grave. It helps us look forward to Good Friday and Easter. This service will last about 45 minutes or an hour. Childcare will not be provided for this service. We hope you can join us.


We've launched an app to help us better engage with the life of our church!

Search The Journey St. Louis in your iTunes or Google Play store and download our app to begin exploring all the benefits available to you there. Our hope is that this new app will better connect us all to all the news, events, simple and safe giving, and inspiration that we are looking for – right at our fingertips. (And don't forget to enable notifications so you don't miss anything!)

Please click on an image below to find out more information about upcoming events!
Our Kol Rinah neighbors warmly invite us to their Purim Carnival held at Hanley Road. Purim commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in the book of Esther. It's also a time of celebration, fun, and a chance for the kids to dress up! LEARN MORE



Save the date for this fabulous women's simulcast on April 6. Bible teacher Priscilla Shirer's "Going Beyond" recognizes that no matter where we are in our relationship with the Lord, there is another, deeper level. Paired with worship from Anthony Evans, this will be a great day to sing praise, fellowship, and learn. Invite your friends!

Ideal applicants will be able to commit to a two-year master's degree, submit to coaching and supervision in ministry, and be an engaged member at a local church in St. Louis. The application deadline is April 1. Interested in applying? Contact us at or check out the website,
Looking for somewhere to plug into the life of our church? The Journey Hanley Road's Production Team would love to help you do just that! Serving on the Production Team is a great way to connect to a broad community of volunteers and leaders in our church, while having quite a bit of fun! Watch this short video for more information on how to get involved.

Support our families with newborns by providing them a meal. We have many families in need of our help! Sign up here. We also have another family's train listed here.

We are actively recruiting for our Host Team - those who make our church a welcoming space on Sunday morning. We have a special need for volunteers for the 11 a.m. service. Email Ellen Rohman if you are interested in learning more!
March 3, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Downstairs Classroom

Hear about short term missions opportunities from our Journey International Team! This is a time to learn about our summer trips, share lunch, and ask questions. LEARN MORE & REGISTER

Theology at the Bottleworks is coming up on Wednesday, March 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Schlafly Bottleworks. TATB is dedicated to engaging our local culture with conversations that matter to people inside and outside the church. This month's topic is: Talking about Aging Never Gets Old:  Aging in America.  
Everyone wants to live a long life, but no one wants to "age." We are living longer, but are we fighting it more than ever? With wisdom gained, the possibility to enjoy more opportunities in life, and recent studies suggesting older people are happier, are our attitudes and fears about aging wrong? As the population over 65 steadily increases, how does this change our societal expectations and obligations?  Have a brew, share your view, and lend your ear to others.'


April 6 | Priscilla Shirer Simulcast
April 13 | Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
April 14 | Palm Sunday 
April 19 | Good Friday Service, 6 p.m.
April 21 | Easter Services, 9 and 11 a.m. 

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