An Introduction to Lent--A Basic Theology
On some level, Lent invites US into the biblical story. Lent is 40 weekdays long. (Sundays aren't counted in Lenten reckoning.) The number 40 occurs frequently in Scripture as a signal of time and space, often in the wilderness and always as time and space where God meets humanity, especially in their deepest need.
Lenten Soup Suppers
Lent is best experienced in community, with fellow Christians and seekers wondering and asking questions about the presence of God's love and mercy revealed in Jesus. (Pastor Mike LOVES questions!) One of the easiest accessible ways of entering into community during Lent is through our Soup Suppers.
Faith Stories During Lent
SSLC has a long and vibrant tradition of telling and hearing faith stories during Lent. Volunteers step up during Lent, following a theme for the season, and tell their version of how they have experienced the presence of God in their lives.
Our theme this year is "Practice Makes Present" and our theme verse is, "Keep putting into practice all you have learned and received...And the God of peace will be present" from Philippians 4:9. The theme invites us to consider regular, daily faith practices that help us become aware of God's loving presence in our lives. The practices that we'll be remembering are:
Some suggested story themes and possible accompanying Scriptures...to get you thinking:
If you would like to share your faith story this Lent, follow THIS LINK to sign-up.
Ash Wednesday--Imposition of Ashes
The very beginning of Lent is marked with a solemn worship service called Ash Wednesday. Some features of Ash Wednesday:
Here are the devotional books we've been using each week of Lent.
Week 1: On Reading the Bible
Week 2: On Prayer
Week 3: On Faith Talk
Week 4: On Service
Week 5: On Sharing