Join us for Lent, a season of repentance and reflection
What is Lent?
Lent is a 40 day season of spiritual discipline and preparation that starts annually with Ash Wednesday—which falls this year on February 14— and anticipates the death and resurrection of Christ at Easter (this year, March 31). During this time, individuals will often fast from something, or take on a new discipline as part of their preparation, all with the ultimate goal of deepening their relationship with God.
“What can I fast from?”
When we think of fasting, food is typically the first thing that comes to mind, and some choose to fast from a certain food. However, there are also media fasts (social media, television, and/or video games), spending fasts (eating out, new clothing purchases, miscellaneous shopping), and personal fasts (complaining, gossip, busyness). As you fast, you are encouraged to take the time and/or money typically devoted to that thing and use it in connection with and service to God.
“What are some examples of disciplines I can take on?”
There are many spiritual disciplines you can add to your Lenten observance: prayer, meditation, reading the Bible, service, connection with others. We’ll also be doing a sermon series to introduce some lesser-observed disciplines!
“But when I count the days on the calendar, there are more than 40!”
Sundays are seen as “little Easters,” and thus they are not counted in the liturgical 40 days. Some choose to make Sundays a rest day from their Lenten fasts; others choose to include those days.
Lenten Sermon Series
You’re invited to join us for worship each Sunday in Lent at 8:30 am or 11:00 am. Our 11:00 service is also livestreamed.
What does it mean to you when you wear a cross necklace, or see the cross at the top of our steeple, or on the communion table? How do you make sense of the statement: Jesus died on the cross to save me. What does the cross mean to us as people of faith?
The Lent, UPC will be engaging in Cross Talk–both in worship during a sermon series and in Sunday school. Each week we will be examining a different theory of atonement. Atonement is a fancy church word for what it is to literally be “at-one” with God. When we make atonement for something, we are doing something to repair a broken relationship. The church has different interpretations about how what happens on the cross connects us back with God.
- Feb. 18: PCM Sunday (not part of the series)
- Feb 25: Moral Influence
- March 3: Ransom
- March 10: Vicarious Satisfaction
- March 17: Solidarity with the Oppressed
- March 24: Christus Victor/Palm Sunday
Tread Lightly for Lent:
a daily reflection/action calendar centered around earth care – click the image to access the download
Journey to the Cross:
a daily online devotional offered by d365.org, an ecumenical devotional for students and adults
a printed devotional by Sanctified Art, which offers commentary, poetry, visual art, hymns, and reflection prompts. Copies will be available beginning on Feb. 11.