Lenten Offerings for 2022
Beginning the week of Sunday, March 6, you are invited to join a Lenten Small Group. These are groups of 6 to 10 people who will meet together for five consecutive weeks for fellowship, reflection, and prayer.
Register to receive daily devotionals as we take a step forward this Lent, doing the spiritual work of straightening the crooked paths, filling in the valleys of despair, removing the rough and mountainous obstacles so that, come Easter, we shall see the salvation of God.
Wed., March 2 – 6:30 pm (In-person and via Livestream)
A unique service of worship in our historic sanctuary that will include Scripture, a meditation, the imposition of ashes and a special gift prepared by the children in our Logos program. Following this service, we will have a labyrinth available to help create a space for reflection.
Each Sunday during Lent we will look at scripture from the Gospel of Luke where Jesus is on the move—and drawing us into his motion and his way. Join us for the journey!
What is Lent and how do we recognize it?
According to our constitution, Lent is “a season of spiritual discipline and preparation, beginning with Ash Wednesday, anticipating the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ”. It is a period of 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter Saturday— much like Jesus’ time of testing in the wilderness. The Sundays in Lent are not counted in this reckoning, as every Lord’s Day is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In many ways, the season of Lent can be thought of as a “spiritual spring cleaning.”
We use the season of Lent to prepare our hearts and minds for the mystery of the resurrection. But we all do that differently. Some churches place ashes on the foreheads of worshipers on Ash Wednesday; others don’t. Many Christians emphasize giving something up for Lent. Historically, they fasted, giving up food. Nowadays, people give up many things for Lent intentionally recalling and remembering what Christ gave up for us. Others emphasize the season as a time to add to or enhance our practice of the faith. For instance, they ‘take on’ spiritual disciplines such as more regular participation in worship, more consistent reading of scripture, greater concentration on praying every day, or more devoted focus on serving or giving to others. We give things up or take on practices because we need to learn again and again that we live and move and breathe and have our being in God.
The season of Lent draws us to focus on Jesus Christ, who was born, lived and was crucified—and then raised from the dead—for us and for our salvation.
So, the fruitful question to ask might be: How will you live into Lent this year?