Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.
Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter" and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection. -taken from UMC website
WHAT IS ASH WEDNESDAY?
Ash Wednesday is the day that starts the Lent journey. Here we have ashes placed on our foreheads to symbolize that we were once created out of dust and to dust we will return. The ashes symbolize that one day we will die, and that we are utterly dependent upon a loving and merciful God.
We have two Ash Wednesday Services:
SANCTUARY 6:30 P.M. SERVICE: This is an incredible evening service that is a powerful introduction into Lent. Don't miss it. You will be blessed!
STUDIO 3 6:30 P.M. SERVICE: Off the Hill we will be worshipping with Dr. Lacey at the Studio 3 location. Come for a wonderful evening of worship and fellowship.
WHAT DO I "DO" IN LENT?
The goal of Lent is draw closer to God in spirit. This means walking away from the world and the flesh. We will often FAST, PRAY, STUDY THE BIBLE, WORSHIP, SERVE, and REPENT. The point is to increase our spiritual awareness and resist the worldly desires. Often you will hear of "giving something up" during Lent. This is done in order to discipline our bodies and not let every urge control our thought.
If done properly at the end of Lent you will be more in tune with the things of the spirit than of this world. And ultimately living by the Spirit of God is a life of ultimate reward and value.
WE ARE HERE TO HELP!
The journey through Lent can be tough. However, the church is here to help. First, if you need us for anything please do not hesitate to call. The wilderness journey can get lonely, but we are here to help you. If you need prayer or just someone to talk to call the church office.
Next, we have developed a LENTEN STUDY GUIDE that can help you through your 40 days. Use it and enjoy. We will be publishing this soon!
Don't give up on your journey. In it the Spirit of God will change your life. He will make you look at what is most important. Continue to pray, worship, fast, serve, repent, and give. A wonderful breakthrough awaits us all in the end!