The Hero's Journey
Every great story has a basic form, a common structure: a hero who goes on an adventure, faces tremendous crisis, yet overcomes incredible odds and wins a decisive victory. The hero then returns home transformed with the power to give hope and rescue to those left behind.
During lent we focus our hearts on Jesus Christ, the ultimate hero, as he journeys to the cross, overcomes the tomb and leads his people into resurrection life. Lent 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!
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. We also encourage participation in acts of service around our local community.
Lent Reading Guide
Lent Reading Guide
In order to help people make the most of this season we have created a Lent Study Guide. This guide will provide daily invitations to read, pray, meditate, and engage with Christ's journey to the cross.
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.
Reflect and Repent
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