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 (March 1st). 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 March 1st.
- 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 a Thursday or Sunday morning Adult Bible Class (10:00a)
- Attend Pastor John Reidy’s Lenten study, “From Ashes to Resurrection”
Ash Wednesday Services: March 1st
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, a six-week season of repentance and reflection in the Christian calendar that focuses on the significance of Jesus sacrifice on the cross. Ashes will be administered at two different times. From 12:00p to 12:30p, a station will be set up in the church sanctuary for the imposition of ashes to commuters and parents from the Children’s Garden. At 7:00p, we will hold a brief service that will also include the administration of ashes. This year’s theme for the evening service will focus on the symbols of Lent and members of our junior and senior high youth group will be participating. Our celebration of Ash Wednesday serves as a powerful reminder of our need for repentance and self-denial and of the new life God promises through Christ. Everyone is invited to attend.
Pastor John Reidy will lead a powerful 7-week Lenten Bible study, "From Ashes to Resurrection." The study will focus on both the Old and New Testaments and consider Lenten traditions celebrated in both the church and culture. Pastor John will begin this inspiring journey with the meaning behind Ash Wednesday and then walk participants forward—all the way to the resurrection of Jesus. Prayerfully consider joining us in Faith Hall at 7:30p every Tuesday beginning on February 28th.
Lenten Devotional Booklet
Publishing an annual Lenten Devotional Booklet is one of the special traditions at Cross Keys. Lent begins on Wednesday, March 1st. If you would like to make a contribution, please contact July Guenther, our general editor, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions will be edited for flow, style, and theological content. Copies of the devotions for week 1 will be available on Sunday, February 26th.