the Pastor's Desk (February
Invitation to Lenten Reading
Each Lent I adopt the tradition of prayer, fasting, and service. Yet I’ve discovered in recent years the importance of books and music to reinforce my Lenten discipline. This Lent I am inviting everyone to join me in reading and studying the last seven words of Christ from the cross. We will also center some discipline reflecting on Stanley Hauerwas’ Cross-Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words.
If you are interested you can sign up to receive a copy of the book at a cost of $10. Read the book and then join us at Wednesdays Fellowship Nights and /or Thursdays Lenten Breakfast gatherings to discuss. Both gatherings will also use music and prayer to center us even deeper into Christ’s final words. Let me or Ashlee at the church office know you would like a book.
What is Lent?
Lent is a season of the Christian Year where Christians focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God.
When is Lent? It's the forty days before Easter. Lent excludes Sundays because every Sunday is like a little Easter. Basically, it's about one-tenth of a year (like a tithe of time). Mardi Gras is the day before Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday. This year it's from March 1 (Ash Wednesday) to April 16 (Easter), 2017.
Why Lenten Disciplines? The most important rule of any Lenten discipline a rule that is consistently repeated throughout the church fathers: let each one take on what they are able to do. It is much better to take a smaller discipline that you can keep for 40 days than aspire to a lofty goal that you abandon the second week of Lent. Any fast you devote with wholeness of heart unto the Lord will be a fast pleasing to Him.