A TIME TO REFLECT & REPENT
Ash Wednesday, March 1 --- Easter Sunday, April 16
Lent is a unique season of repentance and intentionality in our spiritual lives. During Lent we focus our hearts on Jesus as He journeys to the cross, overcomes the tomb and leads his people into resurrection life. 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!
Lenten Sermon Series: Virtue & Vice
We are participants in shaping our own character. We get to choose. We decide whether it will be evil or good that forms our selves. But it’s not so much the big decisions in life which determine our character, it's the little choices—the white lie, the hidden lust, the secret pride or resentment. Each small indulgence makes the next one easier. And it is the small acts of kindness or charity or faith —each decision for virtue—that makes our next decision for good more natural.
ASH WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1
Faith over Pride | Joel 2:1-2; 12-17
Pride is an excessive belief in one's own righteousness; Faith is belief in God's righteousness.
SECOND SUNDAY, MARCH 12
Prudence over Envy | Psalm 121, Numbers 11:4-6
Envy is the desire for what others have; Prudence is the care of and moderation with what we do have.
THIRD SUNDAY, MARCH 19
Fortitude over Anger | Exodus 17:1-7
Anger comes from a negative view of the past, present or future which leads to the loss of self-control and the desire to harm others. Hope is taking a positive future view, that good will prevail.
FOURTH SUNDAY, MARCH 26
Charity over Lust | Ephesians 5:8-14
Lust is a powerful craving for things such as sex, power and money. Charity is using our power and resources to care for others.
FIFTH SUNDAY, APRIL 2
Temperance over Gluttony | Romans 8:6-11
Gluttony is the desire to consume more than you require. Temperance is moderation of needed things and abstinence from things which are not needed.
PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 9
Justice over Greed | Matthew 21:1-11
Greed is the desire for material wealth or gain for ourselves. Justice is being fair and equitable with others.
What is Lent?
The Lenten season has been observed throughout the church's history. 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 climaxes on Holy Week with Jesus being placed in the dark tomb and rising again to launch God’s worldwide project of making the world the right.
What occurs during Lent?
Lent is a season to prepare ourselves for new life and beginnings. It is a season of giving up and taking up. We give up things that are important to us in order to refocus our lives on God. By fasting certain things we practice ‘dying to’ ourselves to live into Christ. We also intentionally choose to take up things that help us become the kind of people God desires us to be.
How do I observe Lent?
Together as a congregation we will abide with Christ in disciplines of prayer, fasting, and giving while preparing our hearts and minds for the season of Easter. We encourage you to make your commitment to spiritual renewal by taking part in one or all of the following disciplines.
Abstain from food on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday
Fasting is an act of self-denial in which we refrain from food and from the Lord’s Supper. Christ Church will observe two fast days: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. We also invite you to use Lent to adopt any discipline of fasting appropriate to your spiritual need and growth.
Make cash donations for the poor in our city
Alms are anonymous donations over and above your normal giving that go to serve the poor. Mark your cash gift as “alms” using a separate offering envelope. We also encourage participation in acts of service around our local community.
Listen to a Selected Playlist on Spotify
Lent is a journey and music is a great companion. Listen and worship with artists like The Brilliance, Jon Foreman, Future of Forestry, Sufjan Stevens, and more.
Lent Prayer Guide
Download the Lent Prayer Guide
In order to help people make the most of this season we have created a Lent Prayer Guide. This guide will provide daily invitations to read, pray, meditate, and engage in a particular activity to help you let go of your normal routine and truly engage God with all your heart.
Lent for Everyone by NT Wright
Follow the Free Reading Plan
Lent for Everyone is a devotional created and written by N.T. (Tom) Wright. For each day of Lent, there is a reading chosen from the Gospel of Matthew, plus a reflection by Wright. These readings have grown out of a project encouraging Lent reading in Northern England. This is the second in a three-volume series based on the Revised Common Lectionary of the Church of England.
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing that you have made
and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:
create and make in us new and contrite hearts
that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our brokenness,
may receive from you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
- The Book of Common Prayer