Lent / Ash Wednesday 2017
We’ll be kicking off the season with a brief Ash Wednesday service on March 1st at 5:30PM but first, here are a few things you may be asking:
What is Lent?
Lent is a 40 day season of fasting that leads the church and Christians around the world toward the celebration of Easter on April 16th. It is a season of prayer, reflection and sacrifice that helps us to enter into the suffering of Christ on behalf of the world.
Why do we fast from something during Lent?
Lent is a season of discipline and acts as a ‘spring training’ for our spiritual lives. When considering fasting in some way during Lent, it’s good to remember our definition of discipline: addressing things we can change in our lives (caffeine intake, social media usage, smoking, etc.) in order to give God more room to address the things that only He can change in us (our fears, our doubts, our self-image, our love for others, etc.)
Are we doing anything different this year?
Yes. In line with our Befriend sermon series and Jesus’ statement that ‘There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends’ (John 15:13), this year we are asking people to consider a fast that will have a tangible and positive impact on someone else.
What are some examples?
From Don’s sermon on Sunday:
- Give up a night of the week where you focus on inviting people to your home for a meal. Whatever you have planned for that night, cancel it.
- Give up Netflix, so you can interact with roommates while you are at home.
- Give up Saturday morning plans to volunteer to watch kids for a family in your community group.
- Give up coffee habit and use the money to help someone buy something they need.
Beyond that, get creative. The point is to think of others as you consider giving something up.
Kick off Lent with a time of quiet reflection, prayer and a service of ashes. Our Ash Wednesday service starts at 5:30PM tomorrow night.