The Lenten season has been observed by Christians for centuries. It starts with Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of 40 days (minus Sundays) leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus. Lent is a season of preparation and anticipation. It is a time to reflect on the brokenness of our world and a time to repent for the brokenness in our lives. It is also a time to look ahead to the day when all things will be made new. It is a journey that leads us to Holy Week and culminates with Jesus being placed in the dark tomb and rising again to launch God’s worldwide project of making the world the right.
How do I observe Lent?
Often people observe the season of Lent by giving up certain things, like certain foods, activities or habits in order to sharpen our attention on our spiritual lives. It can also be helpful to take up certain practices, such as prayer, service, or intentional time with people we care about.
As a community, we will gather together on Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday to remember and celebrate significant moments of Jesus’ journey to the cross.