AN INVITATION TO A HOLY LENT
Lent is the season of the Church in which we journey together for 40 days through the ministry of Jesus from his temptation in the desert to the dramatic events of Holy Week, culminating with the celebration of Easter as Christ conquered death and was resurrected from the grave to eternal life. In Lent the Church remembers and lives again into her identity as a cross shaped people, bearing witness to Christ’s death and therefore our own, so that we may all be raised to life.
Historically, Lent has been a treasured season designed to help us pull away from the noise and to hear the Lord’s voice anew. It is a time of self-examination, penitence, self-denial, study, and preparation for Easter. During Lent we “clear the ground” of our souls to make room for the “new life” of Easter. To that end, the practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (giving to the poor) have traditionally been focused on by the Church as a means to open ourselves in deeper ways to God, allow his refining work to take place within us so that he may form fresh holiness within us. Engaging Lent in this manner helps the kingdom shine through us clearer and ever-brighter, though at times it may feel like death, just as Christ himself experienced.
This Lent is an opportunity for us to unplug from the madness and noise as we are drawn lovingly into the wilderness (Hosea 2) where our God can speak tenderly to us again about who he is and what he desires to do for us. This is a great grace and a journey we encourage you to give yourself to with all of your heart. It is our desire, therefore, as a staff and leadership team to call our entire community into a robust, renewing, holy Lent. We encourage you to choose some form of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving over the duration of Lent, either individually or together as a house church, as well as attend the traditional services of the Church during Lent.