Entering into Lent

Today we enter into the Season of Lent together. This is a season where we work as both individuals and as a community to see how we can deepen our spiritual lives. Lent is known to many people as a sign of giving up something that means something significant in our lives (i.e. drinks like coffee or tea or alcohol; special foods; sweets; playing golf or fishing or boating). However, I also like to add something (i.e. read a book of spiritual discipline or a book that will help you with contemplative prayer, anything that helps your daily walk with Christ). It’s a time to step back, consider what’s working, what needs to change, and turning around (the literal meaning of the word “repent”) to find new directions when needed.As we enter this season, we need only start with questions – How are we living the gospel in and through our lives, with our families, in our churches, at work, in our town? Are there areas of growth or signs of renewal we need to hold up and celebrate with joy? Are there other areas where we feel our spiritual path (individual or collective) has grown stagnant or cold, and we no longer feel a connection to the ever-present love of God?

There are many churches that participate in all of some of the Lenten season, because it is intended for each of us to take stock of our spiritual walks and make changes as they may come up. During this season, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and the sermon on Sunday will remain the usual format. On Wednesdays, there will be more questions to contemplate. I hope this is something you might enjoy, to understand spiritual practices in other Christian churches.

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