Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, meaning “lengthen” and refers to the lengthening days of spring. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by new converts and then became a time of penance by all Christians. Today, Christians focus on relationship with God, growing as disciples and extending ourselves, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of ourselves for others.
Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a time of reflection on our own lives. During Lent, we consider the tremendous love God has shown the world and to each of us individually by sending his Son into the world to save us from our sins.
Join our email database to receive a daily devotional during the 40 days of Lent. These devotionals are from the Prayer Journal companion to The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life by Adam Hamilton. The devotionals will arrive in your email box daily (except Sunday) beginning February 26. To sign up, click HERE and check the box for Daily Devotionals or text FUMCALLEN to 22828 and follow the prompts.
We’ve based this year’s Lenten worship series on Adam Hamilton’s book, The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life.
In The Walk, Adam Hamilton focuses on five essential spiritual practices that are rooted in Jesus’ own walk with God and taught throughout the New Testament. Each of these practices is intended as part of our daily walk with Christ while also being an essential part of growing together in the church. Read more. . .
Easter lilies adorn the sanctuary on Easter Sunday. Dedicate a lily and a donation of food to Allen Community Outreach in memory or in honor of a loved one. $20 for a food donation and a lily. Order forms can be found in the pew backs beginning March 1. Dedication and payment deadline is Palm Sunday, April 5.