What Are You Giving Up For Lent?
Have you ever had a friend ask you, “What are you giving up for Lent?” and you didn’t know how to answer them? Many people will give up some earthly pleasures for this season to participate in the suffering of Christ, but is this all that Lent is about? Giving up meat, caffeine, sweets, Facebook, TV, etc.? Or is there something more? Our Book of Order states that Lent is a season of spiritual discipline and preparation, beginning with Ash Wednesday, anticipating the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ.
This Lenten Season at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church we will offer a variety of ways to practice the spiritual disciplines and to prepare for Holy Week and Easter:
Ash Wednesday Worship Service, February 22nd, 7:00 p.m. – The sign of ashes will be placed on our foreheads to symbolize our human frailty and our dependence upon God for forgiveness and life eternal. After the service there will be an opportunity, if you desire, to have a pair of church leaders offer prayers on your behalf.
Brief Mid-Week Lenten Worship Services – These brief 20 minute quiet and informal experiences of worship will be offered on Wednesday evenings at 5:00 p.m. – February 29, March 7, 14, 21 and 28. Join us in the Sanctuary just prior to our POPS meal as we explore the themes of Blessing, Humility, Service, Forgiveness and Prayer.
Lenten Devotional Guides – These guides contain Scripture readings, meditations and prayers for each day of Lent, plus full-color photos of Holy Land sites.
Lenten Personal Accountability Sheets – This format was adapted from the Upper Room’s Academy for Spiritual Formation, and is designed for those who want to stretch themselves and go deeper into their faith. You are encouraged to work on this in pairs or in teams to help each other remain accountable and to share insights gained.
I invite you this Lent to fast from those things which hinder your relationship with God and others, so that you may feast on a richer and more fulfilling way of life. May this Lenten season be a mountain top experience in your journey of faith as we anticipate the joy of the resurrection!
On the journey,
Robert H. Lapp