Lent is the season that helps us prepare ourselves for Holy Week and for Easter Sunday! It is a time of penitence (asking for forgiveness) and self-reflection; a time to draw nearer to God and deeper in our relationship with Jesus Christ. This year at Trinity, we are offering a variety of things to help us in our Lenten journey. I hope any number of these will be helpful to you.
- Lenten Devotionals, From Suffering to Salvation, are available for your use. You are invited to use these alone, with another person or even a group of people with whom you might share and discuss your insights. If you use this alone, you might choose to journal your thoughts and wonderings. You can also check out www.d365.org to sign up for a daily devotional delivered to your inbox.
- Our Lenten study will use Adam Hamilton’s The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life. We will meet at 6pm on Wednesdays to discuss our readings and our practices. Books have been ordered, but if you missed out, let me know and we’ll be glad to put in a second order. The books are $14, but if cost is an issue for you, please let me know that, too. If you need a ride because you don’t drive at night (though most classes will occur after Daylight Savings Time), please let me know.
- Several folks have expressed an interest in fasting. We will have a one-session class on the why’s and how’s of fasting on the first Sunday of Lent, March 1, during the Sunday school hour. Those who are interested in fasting in some way will be encouraged to meet together (via text, email or in person) weekly during Lent to check in and help hold each other accountable. If this is something you think you’d be interested in (or at least learning more about), please join us on March 1!
- Finally, my sermon series for Lent will be “Standing at the Crossroads.” Every day we are faced with choices and we have to decide which way to go. This has been true for people of faith throughout the ages. We will look at different stories from Jesus’ last week and the people who stood at a crossroads and had to make a choice for faithfulness or not. My hope is that as we consider their stories, they will teach us and guide us when we come to those same crossroads in our own lives.
I encourage you to choose a Lenten discipline during this Holy Season, something that will help you strengthen and enrich your faith as we prepare ourselves to walk with Jesus into Jerusalem, to watch him breathe his last from the cross, and to celebrate, finally, with joy the hope of Easter morning!