Lent begins March 6, with Ash Wednesday, and concludes with the arrival of Holy Week, April 14-20. We want to share some resources for worship, study and practice this Lent.
We will post Lenten and Holy Week events around Newark Presbytery as we get closer to Lent.
From the PC(USA)’s Lent resources page:
The season of Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and self-examination in preparation for the celebration of the resurrection of the Lord at Easter. It is a period of 40 days — like the flood of Genesis, Moses’ sojourn at Mount Sinai, Elijah’s journey to Mount Horeb, Jonah’s call to Ninevah to repent and Jesus’ time of testing in the wilderness. (The Sundays in Lent are not counted in this reckoning of the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter, as every Lord’s Day is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.)
In the early church, Lent was a time of preparation for the celebration of baptism at the Easter Vigil. In many communities of faith it remains a time to equip and nurture candidates for baptism and confirmation and to reflect deeply on the theme of baptismal discipleship.
Presbyterians Today has a new Lenten devotional this year, Awakening to God’s Beauty. For those of us intent on bending the arc of history toward justice, it might be tempting to become agitated and exhausted. But with God, there is always hope. So, through photography and a spiritual discipline called visio divina — praying with art — we open our eyes with new awareness and gratitude for the beauty of creation. The text, meditations and original photography are all the loving work of the Rev. Krin Van Tatenhove. The 2019 Presbyterians Today Lenten devotional is designed for congregational, family and individual use.
Westminster John Knox has a new Lent devotional published in partnership with the Thoughtful Christian, Were You There?, using African American Christian spirituals to explore Lenten themes. Last year, they also published two excellent books for Lenten reading and reflection, Holy Solitude and The Journey to Jerusalem.
Chalice Press has a new Lenten devotional for 2019 – Leaning In, Letting Go. In this daily devotional, bestselling author Nicole Massie Martin takes us on a hope-filled journey of letting go of all that keeps us from experiencing the joy of resurrection. Daily reflections and prayers invite us to lean into God’s grace and let go of our own agendas and practices that hold us back from the abundant life God calls us to enjoy and share with the world.
LEAD, a ministry organization dedicated to building up, educating and encouraging leaders in the church, offers a wonderful blend of resources each season of the church. Art, devotions and liturgy for church and family use. Here are their 2019 Lent resources.
enfleshed thinks deeply about our incarnational, embodied faith and how to live it out. They put out a Lent resource that you can order, called Love y/our flesh.
Illustrated Children’s Ministry has Lent resources that are enjoyable for all generations. Churches all over are using their beautiful oversize coloring sheets to gather their communities around creation and discussion, not to mention everything else they offer.
Building Faith, focusing on the practice of faith in everyday life, offers this wonderful resource for Lent in a Bag, so that you can learn about the themes and meaning of Lent at home. They have many other ideas to practice faith at all ages, so look at their other articles and suggested practices, too.
Lent Madness is just a little fun for Lent, started by a group of Episcopal priests, and is a “competition” based on the NCAA’s March Madness, pitting saints of the church against each other. Popular voting determines the outcomes, and you learn a lot about the saints of the church along the way. Not just for church history nerds.