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5 Ways to Prepare for Lent
Lent, the period of 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays), begins on Ash Wednesday (February 14) and ends at sundown on Holy Saturday (March 31), the evening before Easter.

During Lent, we enter into a season of preparation, self-reflection and repentance when we seek to literally “turn around” and realign our lives and focus toward God. It is a time to give up things as well as take on new life-giving practices, helping us rid ourselves of distractions and our own selfish desires. By doing so, we seek to live and love as more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

How can we get ready for this season of getting ready?

1.  Make Plans to Attend the Ash Wednesday Service. Pastor Clark will lead our worship service on Wednesday, February 14 at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary.  Make worship time a priority for Lent.

2. Choose a Lenten Study:  Pastor Clark will lead our Lenten Study on Sunday mornings at 10 am.   Interested in hosting a small group study with friends?  Jenny Gee has resources for you.  Or pick up a book!  Our church library, in room 301, has several books appropriate for Lent on display there. The Methodist Interpreter Magazine also has a list of book suggestions online.    Click here to read it. 
  

3. Consider the Labyrinth.  Our labyrinth will be open from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday.  The February issue of The Good Word has information about this practice for meditative prayer.

4. Learn about Fasting.  Lent is the time of year when many Christians seek the truth behind the paradox of subtraction equals addition. If you’re considering a Lenten fast, read this article by United Methodist Communications: Click here. 


5. Pray.  In these last few days before Lent begins, we can turn to Jesus and ask, “What is the grace you desire to deepen within me over these next 40 days?”