The word “Lent” comes from an AngloSaxon word, Lencten which means lengthen and refers to the lengthen days of the spring. In the church Lent is a season of the year that lasts for 40 days (not counting Sundays) leading up to Easter. It’s a time for deepening discipleship.
Sometimes we need a short-concentrated time in which to focus our attention on growing our love for God. Lent provides such a time. Six weeks is just long enough to concentrate the mind on developing a few good habits or breaking a few bad ones. It’s a good time period to add a 15 minute prayer time to the day or a couple of hours of Bible reading to the week. It may seem like a lot to add in, but it’s only for six weeks, so it makes it more manageable. It’s a good time to try a Bible Study or to go to special services. It’s only during Lent, after all. It’s a good time to commit to going to worship every Sunday if you’ve somehow begun to worship at St. Mattress a little too frequently. After all, it’s only six week. Lent is a time to remember your life comes from God, and God’s love for you is greater than you imagine!
A Prayer for Lent
We Encourage You to Observe Lent with Us
Here are a handful of ways to get started:
- Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. This year it falls on February 14th. Join us for our Ash Wednesday stations event called The Journey.
- If you are looking to grow your faith during Lent, try our Bible Study: The Acts of the ApostlesThe Acts of the Apostles which begins February 19th at 7:00 PM.
- Join us in worship on Sundays for our Lenten sermon series God's Promises.
- Our church is associated with the Presbyterian Church of the USA (PCUSA). You can find more information about Lent on their website.
- Begin doing a daily devotional. We have a daily devotional packet available at our church. Click here for a great online devotional.