What is Lent?

Lent is the 40 day period in which we prepare for the great Easter season and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Primarily and historically, this has meant a return to our discipleship and devotion to Jesus, the Son of the Living God.

It is a season of:

Repentance – confessing our sins and returning to the God of forgiveness.

Fasting – the voluntary denial of a normal function for a spiritual purpose.

Devotion – increased activity in worship, prayer, and service towards others.

How to Keep the Season of Lent at Home:

  • This Devotion – This devotion is designed for you (and your family) to read through most of the Gospel of Matthew, spending time each day reading God’s Word and offering prayers for yourself and others. The devotional can be found here or you can pick up a copy at church.
  • The 6:33 Challenge - New this year, is our 6:33 challenge. Pick morning or evening (or both) and follow the challenge: to recite, read and reflect at 6:33 am/pm. The challenge can be found here or here to print at home or you can pick up a copy at church.
  • Learning – A return to the knowledge and ways of God.  For a question and answer format, look into the Book of Common Prayer, pages 845-862.
  • Prayers – If you don’t have a regular prayer-time in your daily routine, now is a great time to start!  Your prayers don’t have to be complex, and neither do they have to be long or limited to the dinner table, but your prayers should include a prayer for the return of our Lord into your life.  You may pray when you wake up, at bedtime, or anytime during the day. Or do our 6:33 challenge!
  • Acts of Service – The commands of God is to love God and love others.  Lent is a great time to serve another person or persons.  Volunteer at food shelter, Habitat for Humanity, Union Gospel Mission, write cards or letters, etc.  Don’t be afraid to ask others for ideas.