The Season of Lent

What is Lent?

Lent is a season in the Chruch that begins on Ash Wednesday and is 40 days (excluding Sundays) ending on Easter. It is a season marked by waiting, fasting, repentance, returning, renewing and preparation. The anceint Israelites spent 40 years in the wilderness to be disciplined and prepared by God for the promised land. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness to prepare himself for his earthly ministry. As we engage in this season we seek to draw us nearer to God and be prepared to not only celebrate His resurrection on Easter but then to go forth from there better prepared for whatever ministry He has called us to.
 

Ash Wednesday (February 26th)

"For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return"
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Genesis 3:19

Ash Wednesday is a day where we reflect on and remind ourselves of our mortality and receive ashes on our foreheads as a visible reminder. This year we invite you to drop by the church office (39 Harvard St.) anytime between 7am-7pm. You'll be led through a short liturgy, you'll receive the ashes and spend time in prayer and spiritual conversation with a pastor.
 

Ways to observe the season of Lent
 

Fasting

During the season of Lent, one of the primary things we encourage you to do is fast. Fasting is a wonderful spiritual discipline that helps create space for you not only to deny your flesh of earthly things and increase your reliance on God but also to create space and opportunity to become more aware of His presence and be renewed in Him and prepared for ministry.

Books/Devotionals

A Way other than Our Own: Devotions for Lent – Walter Brueggemann
Show Me the Way: Daily Lenten Readings – Henri J. M. Nouwen
Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit – Paula Huston
Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent – Richard Rohr

If you’d prefer to read something more substantial than a quick daily devotion, here’s a great list of books to consider.

You can also subscribe to the Lent Daily Devotional HERE

Accountability Partner/Group

This can be a helpful resource in keeping on course along your journey and beyond. HERE is a guide to help get started.
 

Music Playlist (Spotify)

For the Season of Lent
Lent 2018: Songs for Reflection
Music for Prayer/Devotional Time
Worship Tunes
 

Podcasts

Pray as you go
Solid Joys Daily Devotional
Truth’s Table
The Bible Project
The Next Right Thing
Pass The Mic
Another Name for Every Thing


Other Online Resources

https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/lent
http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/40-days-of-lent-find-your-own-spiritual-path