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Current Series: Apostles, The Lord's Prayer and Lent

Lent Resources

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Lent begins Wednesday, February 14 and ends on Saturday, March 30

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, meaning “lengthen” and refers to the lengthening days of spring. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
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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 began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by new converts and then became a time of penance by all Christians. Today, Christians focus on relationship with God, growing as disciples and extending ourselves, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of ourselves for others.
Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter." This is why you will see the designation "Sunday in Lent" rather than "Sunday of Lent" in the naming of these Sundays. On each Lord's Day in Lent, while Lenten fasts continue, the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

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LENT RESOURCES 

The Upper Room -Lent 101
Lenten Devotions

Catholic
https://mycatholic.life/books/40-days-in-the-desert-a-lenten-journey-with-our-lord/#toc

Protestant (Reformed Church in America)
https://www.faithward.org/daily-lent-devotions-based-on-the-psalms/#:~:text=Meditating%20on%20the%20Psalms%20is,give%20thanks%20for%20Christ's%20gift.

Protestant (Lutheran)
- PDF format
https://drive.google.com/a/luthersem.edu/file/d/16OadMkz_DfAwVuLhYmX4t6sO8WUTrnDL/view?usp=sharing

- PDF format (Large Print)
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1PV7DoYqiSs63yeSggUR68ZCbKH4KnOdr

Protestant (women)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uUlIBgwoFjEDBJ6xkvIxVL7ohYjjENAo/view?usp=drive_link
TOP TEN LIST FOR LENT:
1. Try an electronic fast. Give up TV, Facebook, texting, tweeting, email, and all things electronic for one day every week. (Or every day of Lent!) Use the time to read and pray. Learn about fasting.
2. Give up soft drinks, fast food, tea, or coffee. Give up a favorite food or drink as a way to grow closer to God. Give the money you save to help folks in a different part of the world who are in crisis.
3. Create a daily quiet time. Spend 10 minutes a day in silence and prayer. Read a daily devotional for the season of Lent. See how it can help you add spiritual practice to your daily life beyond Lent.
4. Cultivate a life of gratitude. Write someone a thank-you letter each week, and be aware of how many people have helped you along the way. Learn more about the spiritual practice of gratitude.
5. Start a prayer rhythm. Each day of Lent, go to The Upper Room's prayer wall and pray for another person.
6. Pray for others you see as you walk to and from classes or drive to and from work.
7. Forgive someone who doesn't deserve it (maybe even yourself.) Study a book on forgiveness, such as Forgiveness, the Passionate Journey.
8. Volunteer each week with a local shelter, tutoring program, nursing home, or prison ministry. Pray for the world.
9. Visit Sight Psalms and spend time in visual meditation and prayer.
10. Go deeper. Take an online course as a part of your Lenten discipline.

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