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Lent

Lent is the 40-day period (excluding Sundays) before Easter which starts on Ash Wednesday and runs to Maundy Thursday.  Lent offers the opportunity to take up a “discipline” or “spiritual practice” for 40 days, not as a way of meriting God’s favor but because disciplined practice increases our appreciation and understanding of the faith. We are encouraged to deepen our prayer life, consider ‘fasting’ (which can be from processed sugar, meat, to taking a Sabbath day rest from electronics…), and give generously- including our time and talents through service. In all these ways we are deepening our relationship with God and our relationship with our neighbors.

Lenten Worship:

Ash Wednesday: Feb. 14

12 noon Simple Ash Wednesday Service with imposition of ashes

7pm (Full) Ash Wednesday Service with music and imposition of ashes

Fridays at 7pm starting on Feb. 23- Holden Evening Prayer at Redeemer Lutheran led by Lutheran Aboriginal Ministry and Urban Aboriginal Ministry (Anglican). All are welcome!

Lenten Study:

Book Study at Redeemer on Thursdays at 1:30pm starting on Feb. 22– for the season of Lent we will be exploring church fathers and mothers (both ancient and more recent) who have written in the Christian mystical tradition, including Origen, Gregory of Nyssa, Augustine, Francis of Assisi, Julian of Norwich, Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, and Thomas Merton. We will also be reading passages from scripture that have influenced these great thinkers in our faith.

Daily Devotions:

The practice of daily devotions stems from Lent’s emphasis on deepening one’s faith through study and prayer. Many of us desire to spend more time in spiritual practice than we do, but often find it challenging to make space for it in our lives. In Lent, we are especially encouraged to make sacrifices or ‘fasts’ to help draw us into the deeper meaning of the story of Jesus’ time in the wilderness.

Lenten Devotional from Luther Seminary: Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow

 

 

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