Lent is the church season that emphasizes repentance, which lasts for 40 days plus six Sundays. It is patterned after the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness being tempted by the devil. In the ancient church, Lent was a time for new converts to be prepared for their baptism at the Easter Vigil.
Some may say Lent is a time of preparation for Easter. A Lenten “practice” is optional and can hold for some a spiritual discipline of fasting or abstinence, an added Bible Study, prayer, devotions, or works of service. This Lent we will concentrate on the marks of discipleship and practice ou discipleship through participation in ELCA World Hunger's 40 Days of Giving.
The Time of Lent
Sunday Morning Worship
Each Sunday has a different focus addressing concerns of the present circumstances under threat of the virus, COVID-19. The worship service is on-line and features scripture reading and a sermon theme that changes each week. Our series is entitled, "Places of the Passion. We follow in the footsteps of Jesus, contemplating what happened at each place our Savior stood along the path of his Passion for our sake.
A simple way to practice scripture reading is just to dive in and read a gospel. Begin with Mark, it is the shortest gospel (16 short chapters) and is easily read in 40 days in just a few minutes a day set aside to do this. Additionally, our weekly Bible Study meets at 8 PM on Zoom to discuss a different passage each week. Please join us!
Spend a few minutes each day in an undisturbed place, quietly sitting in the presence of God. Prayer may become part of this time or not, but, more importantly, take the time to listen for God’s voice.
Personal Bible Reading and Reflection
Virtual Holy Land Tour
We invite you to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands! We can’t physically travel because of the pandemic, but we can do so virtually. Beginning Ash Wednesday, we will embark on this journey by reading a Scripture passage, reflection, and prayer, then watching a video that will provide background and description of the place we are visiting that day. The readings, prayers, and videos are short, so each trip should take only 10 to 15 minutes a day. Your “travel itinerary” will be sent via email or
postal mail and will cover the time in Lent, Holy Week, and the week beyond Easter. There is so much to see that it couldn’t fit it all in the time of Lent!