What is Lent? Why do we celebrate it by giving things up?
Lent is a time of self-reflection and self-denial in preparation for the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection during Holy Week.
Before Jesus began his earthly ministry, he spent 40 days in the wilderness (Luke 4: 1-13; read this with the youth if you like).
We don’t know much about that time, other than the fact that he fasted and prayed and was tempted by the devil.
So, in the same way, we ought to spend time fasting and praying in preparation for our ministry of bringing the good news of the risen Christ to the world.
Our celebration of Holy Week often coincides on the calendar with the Jewish celebration of Passover. In preparation for Passover, our Jewish friends must do a thorough cleaning of their houses and kitchens and get rid of all their old food. The Passover meal must be prepared with all new and fresh ingredients.
In the same way, we ought to use this time of Lent to do some “spring cleaning” ourselves.
Traditionally, Christians will fast from something (usually certain foods or drink or certain activities) during the 40 days of Lent (with the exception of Sundays, which is a weekly celebration of Christ’s resurrection). This is to remind us of the great sacrifice that Christ made for us.
Celebrating Lent is not just about giving things up; it can also be about adding good things to our lives, as well as about serving others.
Below is a great way for you as an individual or as a family to set aside time to grow closer to God and share God's love with others. Let's take steps this Lent to grow in our faith together!
If you participate in any Lent practices, share your experiences! We would love to hear how God is moving in you!
We have some great opportunities for families and individuals to participate in Lent.
1. By Sunday Feb 21, Denise will deliver a Lent bag to each family on our Youth Ministry list.
In it will be:
- instructions and supplies you'll need to follow along with the church service each week at 10am
or to do on your own.
- individual lent journals for your family
- guided journal entries
- supplies for household Lent Table Top
You will also find copies of everything below in our Weekly section.
2. ReThink Lent, Picture a day devo See the picture above for details.
3. Do your own thing! The purpose of this time is to give us time for self reflection and growing in our faith.
What creative idea could you come up with? To get your brain going, check out our mentalheatlh
page for some ideas!
Let me know what you come up with!