Lent Experience 2023

Lenten Experience Guide

What exactly is Lent? And why do we practice it?

Lent is a 40-day journey leading to Holy Week and Easter. For believers, this journey is focused on an intentional purpose to come to closer to Jesus. It's a time to press into various practices and listen to where God is leading and what he is doing in your heart.

| Four Minutes for 40 Days |

Lent is a dedicated time of saying yes to God. Each day we encourage you to P.R.A.Y.

Pause | Light a candle and center yourself

Reflect | Read the scripture for that day and reflect

Ask | What is God inviting me into? What truth can I marinate in?

Yield | Close in prayer surrendering to the Spirit's leading.

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| Communion |

On the night before he was arrested, Jesus gathered around the table with his disciples. He did what Jesus always does – he took the old celebration of Passover (practiced by the people of God as a remembrance of their rescue out of slavery in Egypt) and made it new – breathing fresh meaning and symbolism into this breaking of bread and drinking of wine.

Communion is about remembering.

Remembering the cross and what Jesus did for us.

Remembering our brokenness.

Remembering the intensity of his love and all that it means for us.

When Jesus shared his Last Supper, it was around the table with friends.There is something special about sharing this practice together. Jesus knew we would need one another to keep these remembrances center of our hearts and at the forefront of our minds.

Within these next 40 days, we encourage you to gather at a table at least twice to experience communion with your family, friends, small groups, and/or neighbors. Together, let's remember Jesus' journey to the cross and remind one another of his unconditional love for us.

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You can pick up a Lenten Experience Guide on Sunday mornings, or print your own.

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The Practices

Each practice can be used intentionally to bring you into the presence of God. You can use a different practice each day, a couple throughout the week, or just one.

Additional Resources

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