The Joy of the LORD
Reflections of Christ
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 themselves 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 will we practice Lent this year?
As a church we will be practicing Lent by:
Choosing one thing to fast from Ash Wed (2/14) to Easter Sunday, April 1st. (exp. - fasting food, facebook, watching t.v., coffee, etc.)
As you fast, spend time each day praying and meditating on each week’s theme and prayer topic. We are also striving to be God's hands and feet to the Church and to the World. See chart below.
Can I practice Lent in a different way?
Yes, there are many plans and ways to practice Lent. We understand you may want to practice Lent in more than one way or in a different way. There are many great options. Here are a few that we recommend:
Other Lent resources