The Season of Lent at North Sound Church
Lent is the 40 days before Easter, not including Sundays. Lent dates from the early days of the church as followers of Jesus prepared their hearts for remembering the death of Jesus on Good Friday and the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Lent is about a time set apart for spiritual growth. It is traditionally a time in which Christians take something away from their lifestyle. We call this fasting and it usually involves choosing to not eat a particular food item during this season or to engage in some other kind of fast such as a TV show, alcohol, chocolate, etc. Lent is also a time for the addition of a spiritual practice to draw us closer to the Lord.
There are several ways to engage in Lent with North Sound Church this year. Our Ash Wednesday service is on Wednesday, February 17th. Normally Pastor Barry will impose ash on the forehead of all who attend the service with the words: from dust you have come and to dust you shall return. It is a reminder of our human mortality and life beyond in Christ. This year we will not be meeting in person and the service will take place on Zoom.
During the Sundays of Lent we will be exploring the theme of Crossroads. We will look at the lives of some of those people for whom the cross provides a place of decision, a crossroads in their lives. There we see the very human experience of wonder, reason, loyalty, faith, rejection, and curiosity. How do you respond to the cross?
Lent is a season for spiritual growth. As you decide how you might fast during this season, we encourage you to add a spiritual practice to your life. In addition to the personal spiritual practices of prayer and meditation, you are invited to engage by:
- Encountering God through a Lenten devotional prepared by Pastor Nancy through the website.
- Engaging in the ancient practice of The Art of Examen with the 24/7 Prayer Movement
- Joining a 5-week study of the spiritual life with The Deeply Formed Life, by Rich Villodas on Wednesday evenings, February 24 – March 24, 7-8pm, via Zoom. Order the book from your local bookseller or at Amazon.
- Making a difference through prayer for protection for the unborn in connecting with Christians around the country for the 40 Days of Life
Holy Week is the culmination of Lent. We have a Maundy Thursday service on April 1st, in which we commemorate the Last Supper. On Good Friday we remember Jesus death on the cross with our Good Friday service and then on Easter Sunday morning we celebrate the Resurrection!
Please make plans to join us in this special time of spiritual growth!