What is Lent?
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, It is a time to focus on our relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of ourselves for others.
As we prepare to celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus we want to reflect on the mind and life of Christ and our relationship with Him. And also we want to be mindful of being the reflection of Christ in the church and world today.
How You can practice Lent with Joy Church?
You can join us in preparation for Easter by practicing one or more of the following:
Sign up for the 40 day online devotional
This is a community devotional where you can post insights, thoughts, and prayers to encourage others
Choose to fast one thing from March 6th - April 20th (see below)
Join us for Early Morning Prayer April 15-20th
Join us for Good Friday Worship Service April 19th
Pray each day for a non-believing family or friend to give their life to Christ and invite them to the Easter Sunday Service
Choose to fast one thing from March 6th - April 20th
Fast food one or two specific days a week to reflect on what Jesus gave for us.
Give up caffeine as a way to remember our sole dependence on God.
Get up an hour early every day to spend time in prayer.
Dedicate one evening a week to serving the least of these.
Give up eating out/coffee runs and instead donate the money to a good cause.
Give up TV or Social Media and use the time to invest in relationships.
Keep a journal and reflect on the ways in which the Cross and Resurrection impacts your story.
Read through the four Gospels and focus on the themes of repentance and forgiveness.
Find one possession a day that you don’t actually need and donate them all at the end of the season.