Lent - A Time of Preparation

lent.jpgWhat is Lent?

Most simply defined, Lent is a time of preparation for Easter and the risen Christ. The purpose is to set aside time to reflect on Jesus Christ - his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection. This reflection can take many forms including prayer, worship, self-denial, study of scripture, and service to others. Participation in Lent activities often provides opportunity for spiritual renewal through an active seeking of Christ in our life and our world.

Lent originated in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days, as a preparation for His ministry. It was for Him a time of contemplation, preparation and transition. By observing Lent, Christians join Jesus on His retreat.

Lent consists of the forty days before Easter. Lutherans skip over the Sundays when we count the days of Lent, because Sunday is always the joyful celebration of the Resurrection. Therefore, the first day of Lent in the Lutheran Church is always a Wednesday – Ash Wednesday (March 6), and the final day of Lent is the day before Good Friday (April 19).

How Does Creator Celebrate Lent?

At Creator Lutheran, we worship each Wednesday evening during Lent (in addition to our Sunday services). Our Wednesday evenings begins with a Soup/Supper gathering (optional) at 6:00PM, with formal worship starting at 7:00PM. In worship, we use a meditative service and present individual faith stories instead of pastor sermons. The services are short, quiet and contemplative, providing respite from the noise and busyness of our lives. All the money collected during offering is given to local and regional social service agencies to serve the needy.

We invite you join us in our Lent Services – all are welcome. If you have not attended a Lutheran Church before and are curious, this is a great opportunity to experience Lutheran worship and loving community, in a low key setting.

Lent Devotional Resource

Although Lent seems to focus on Wednesdays, each day is an opportunity to walk with Jesus through scripture, reflection and prayer. For your convenience we have a daily devotion prepared by Lutheran Seminary available on our website. The devotion is currently focused on Lent.