Lent is a season of forty days (plus six
Sundays) in which we prepare ourselves to celebrate Christ’s death and
resurrection during Holy Week and Easter. It is an opportunity for us to deal
with those parts of our lives that are not in conformity with God’s will,
seeking to be especially mindful of repentance and our pursuit of holiness. The
goal of this practice is to prepare us so that, when we hear the good news of
God’s salvation in Christ, our hearts will be especially ready for it.
WAYS TO OBSERVE LENT
March 6, 7pm
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and is an opportunity to get our hearts in the proper posture of repentance with which we want to walk through the whole season. We will come together in the evening to turn our hearts toward these themes and have a time of public grief for our sins.
LENTEN PRAYER SERVICE
March 27, 7pm
Part of Lent is a dedication to prayer, and we want to act this out as a body as well as individually. Join us for this service of corporate intercession and repentance as we come together before the throne of grace.
April 18, 6:30pm
Maundy Thursday is a
celebration of Jesus’s institution of the Lord’s Supper. We will gather as a
church to hear from God’s Word and celebrate long-table
communion as a family of faith.
April 19, 7pm
Good Friday is the day where we remember Christ’s death, rejoicing in the goodness that it was for us but also sitting in the darkness and pain of it as we await His resurrection. As we do every year, we will be having a community Good Friday service with our sister churches in Stillman Valley. More information about this service will be announced soon.
April 21, 7am and 10am
Easter Sunday heralds the end of Lent and the beginning of the Easter season with a celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Just as He is risen, we rejoice together in the new life He offers in the present and the future resurrection of our bodies that His guarantees. We will have a sunrise service at 7am, followed by breakfast, and then our usual gathered worship service at 10am.
WAYS TO OBSERVE LENT PRIVATELY
Many believers set aside Lent as a time for fasting. This practice of abstaining from some good thing in order to focus on God and prayer has deep roots in Scripture and the history of the church. While in no way mandatory, many Christians give up something they enjoy during Lent (often a food like meat, sometimes an activity like watching television) in order to help lean into the season.