What does the season of LENT mean for me?
…an understanding of LENT from The Summit Church
Sooooo……What is Lent again?
Well, some Christians use a thing called the Christian year – or the liturgical year – to follow the life of Christ. It starts with Advent and Christmas, where we prepare for the Messiah and then celebrate His birth. Lent is the season where Christians reflect on the weeks leading up to the death of Jesus. And then there’s a big party on Easter, the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Death loses. Love wins.
What’s the deal with ashes on the forehead?
Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent. Some Christians receive ashes on their forehead (or hand) to be reminded of our own humanity and frailty and to be called to a season of repentance.“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
Do I have to “give something up” for Lent?
You don’t HAVE to do anything. But you may choose to make the 40 days of Lent special in your spiritual journey. Lent is a good time to work on a new spiritual discipline for you (translation: an aspect of faith like prayer, Bible-reading, worship, memorizing Scripture, fasting, being still or quiet, etc.). You may need to take something out of your life that is keeping you from hearing God. Or take it out so you can fill that space with God. Or you may need to add something that you’ve been lacking. Some examples: choosing joy over bitterness, setting aside time for prayer, not eating chocolate or something you crave and praying when you get the craving, etc.
Does Lent have to be sad?
Nope. The Taize Book of Common Prayer has described Lent as “a celebration of the joy of God’s forgiveness.” Lent leads us to the cross. The cross leads us to the empty grave. And for the Christian, the empty grave means VICTORY. Jesus overcomes death. And that victory means LOVE CONQUERS ALL and GOD’S GLORY SHINES.
So. What do you need to do (or not do) during Lent to bring you closer to the One who conquered death for you?
The Summit Church wants to help you in your Lenten journey.
Ash Wednesday Drive-by Ashing: Meet one of our ministers at the parking lot of Bridge Park in downtown Sylva. We’ll be there Wednesday, March 1 from 7:30 – 8:45 a.m. and then again from 4:45 – 6:00 p.m. Drive up to us and we’ll place ashes on your forehead or hand.
Devotions: We’ll have a Lenten moment in worship each Sunday. You can also subscribe to a daily devotion at www.d365.org.
Palm Sunday: April 9. The children will lead in a palm parade. The palm leaves recall Jesus parading into Jerusalem the week before his death.
Easter Sunday: April 16. Party Day! Love wins. Let’s celebrate! Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. at our Dills Cove Property. Worship Gathering at 11:00 a.m. at Cullowhee Valley School. Easter egg hunt after worship for the kiddos. All are welcome at The Summit.