The season that follows Epiphany in the Christian calendar is known as Lent—a time of personal renewal and spiritual growth. The word “LENT” comes from the Old English word, “Lengthen,” meaning lengthen or spring, the season in which Lent is celebrated. Lent includes the 40 week days leading up to Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesday (February 18). Lent is a season of introspection and reflection anticipating the cross and Jesus’ great sacrifice. The final of six Sundays during Lent is Palm Sunday, the day of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Purple is the appropriate liturgical color for Lent, signifying the royalty of Jesus, the king of kings, who was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities.
During Lent many Christians commit themselves to prayer, fasting, or other spiritual disciplines as they contemplate Jesus’ suffering and sacrificial death for the forgiveness of sin. The Lenten journey helps Christians to gain a deeper understanding of Jesus’ gift of love on the cross and invites us to draw closer to Him.
God has amazing things in store for those who truly seek Him. We invite you to make one or more of the following spiritual disciplines part of your 40 day Lenten journey beginning on February 18.
- Read the Gospel of Luke during Lent
- Set aside a 15 minute time of prayer each day
- Do a daily devotional (Upper Room or Our Daily Bread)
- Attend a small group study (Fuscia, Monson, Cooper)
- Mentor a friend over a weekly coffee time during Lent
- Give up a favorite food or activity (sacrifice)
- Use the savings in time or money to help God’s work
- Attend church every Sunday during Lent
- Volunteer at our Hope Mobile Food Bank or to deliver a meal
- Join the Thursday or Sunday morning Adult Bible Class (10 am)
- Attend John Reidy’s Lenten study, Max Lucado’s Six Hours One Friday