Our lives are busier and more distracted than ever. It is becoming more and more difficult to hear the often still, small voice of God in the midst of a chaotic culture. We need practices that enable us to pause, to listen, to unclutter our minds and hearts, to see clearly in new ways. A smothered plant cannot grow – it needs light and air.
What is it?
Lent is a 2,000 year-old practice of setting aside the 40-days (plus 7 Sundays) before Easter as an intentional time of confession, simplicity, fasting, and communion with God. It is a time before the resurrection to identify with Christ in His temptations, trials, and sufferings on our behalf.
How do we do it?
We will join the Church around the world in observing Lent this year from March 5th to April 19th.We invite you jump into our Community Group studies and consider what discipline or exercise God might be inviting you toward in this season. What discipline might help you get in touch with your need for God, for the cross, for grace? What do you need to loosen your grip on…that may have its grip on you? Is it fasting a meal and choosing to pray during that hour instead? Is it fasting from social media, TV, or sweets? Or is it adding something intentional to your schedule, like a daily prayer or service project? What might feed your soul and nurture the life that God has planted in you? Many of us are wearing a simple, tied string around our wrists as a reminder and symbol of our intention during these 40 days – consider joining us in this physical expression of commitment. Let’s see what God has for us – together!