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 2020 Moving Hope Lenten 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.
As a church family we have traditionally read through one of the Gospels together in a three year cycle starting with Matthew (Year A), Mark (Year B), and Luke (Year C). This is Year A in the church calendar which means we will be reading the Gospel of Matthew. We’ve made available a reading plan that includes some guidance for engagement that you can download and follow.
Nursery and Preschool programs will be offered on Good Friday. Nursery to Grade 6 programs will be offered at all services on Easter weekend except the Sunday 7:00 am service.