What is Lent?
Lent is the period of 40 days, excluding Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes with Easter. Sundays are not included as days in Lent because they are celebrations of the Resurrection. Because of this, they are traditionally seen as “Feast” days.
The Lenten season reflects the 40 years Israel wandered in the desert, and the 40 days Jesus spent in prayer and fasting in the desert prior to the start of his public ministry. Often people choose to give something up for Lent, as a simple way of saying “no” to something, just as we do when we resist temptation – an important theme of the season.
When choosing to remove something from our everyday lives, a form of fasting, we seek to be filled with Christ instead. As noted, Sundays are Feast days – celebrations of the Resurrection that are not included in Lent – so we don’t have to abstain on those days (you can have your cup of coffee).
As a church family we engage with the Lenten season through our Ash Wednesday Service, reading one of the Gospels together, the Seeds for Sasiga Project, a Lenten seminar, and finally our Good Friday and Easter services. Information about all of these can be found below.
We invite you to join with us in any or all of these ways as follow Christ through this unique season.
The Ash Wednesday service is our gateway into the Lenten season as we sing, pray, reflect, and mark ourselves with ashes as a reminder that from dust we came, and to dust we shall return.
March 6 // 5:30pm and 7:00pm
The Gospel of Luke Reading
Through looking at stories in Scripture and history, pastor, professor and author, Mark Buchanan will explore how wilderness – real and metaphoric – is a place where saints are tested, refined, and made. We’ll also reflect together on how suffering, solitude and temptation are key to Christian formation.