What is Lent?
Lent is a period of 40 days (excluding Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Easter. It’s a season of preparation, repentance, and renewal culminating in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
For us as followers of Jesus, it’s a time to perform, deepen, and renew the faith practices and rituals that we strive to live out every day of the year. In particular, Lent is a time to:
· Pray & Grow—commit yourself to a new prayer or faith formation practice that will deepen your connection to God;
· Fast—choose to “give up” something during Lent that will yield more time, money, or space in your life to give to God and others; and
· Serve—find a way to love your neighbors that spreads the love of Jesus.
In our guide, you will find some suggestions for different practices that you might consider taking on during Lent. These lists are by no means exhaustive, but they’ll give you some guidance to get started. Ultimately, there are no “Presbyterian requirements” for Lent. Instead, think of Lent as a season to recommit your life to God. And if you decide to take on a Lenten practice or two, ask yourself one simple question: Will this practice help me to love God and love my neighbors more deeply?