It’s been a rough pandemic year.
And it’s winter.
And my soul is thirsty.
Do we have to acknowledge Lent this year?
Lent is the 40-day season where Christians look inward and reflect during the weeks leading up to the death of Jesus on Good Friday. Lent ends with a party on Easter, the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. So, Lent happens whether we are ready for it or not.
Lent isn’t about “giving something up.”
Name what matters.
Our suggestion for you this Lent is “Name What Matters” (borrowed from Kendra Adachi of The Lazy Genius). Don’t try to do everything. Name what matters most to you. What matters to you in this season?
Do you need to focus on your health? Decide to take a walk every day.
Do you need a daily spiritual workout? Work through the Lent devotional book daily.
Do you need to work through pandemic emotions? Journal daily or do breathing exercises.
Do you need community because you’re lonely? Find a friend you can connect with daily.
Do you have information overload? Take a distracting app off your phone. Don’t try to do all the things, just commit to one or a few.
Do you need to do less? Say no to something. Limit time on the internet.
Lent isn’t necessarily “sad.” Especially not this year.
I think it’s safe to say that none of us need more sadness right now. We’ve experienced so much loss this year. The Taizé Book of Common Prayer has described Lent as “a celebration of the joy of God’s forgiveness.” We plan to focus on the relentless love of God and how God calls us Beloved again & again, no matter what we do or feel or think.
Again & Again suffering and brokenness find us.
Again & Again we doubt, we lament, we mess up.
But Again & Again, God offers a sacred refrain,
“I choose you, I love you, I will lead you to wholeness.”
And right now, we could all stand to feel some wholeness.
The Summit Church wants to help you in your Lenten journey.
Will you join us?
Contact us if you need a Lent devotional book.
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Online Good Friday Worship // Posts on Friday, April 2 at 6 p.m. on YouTube
Easter Sunday at Dills Cove, April 4
6:30 a.m. // Sunrise Service
10:30 a.m. // Coffee & Donuts
11:00 a.m. // Worship Gathering
12:00 p.m. // Easter Egg Hunt