What is Lent?
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday (Feb 17) and ends on Holy Saturday (April 3). Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, meaning “lengthen” and refers to the lengthening days of spring. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
What is the significance of ashes being placed on the forehead on Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship. Historically, ashes signified purification and sorrow for sins.
How should I observe Lent?
Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. A great way to observe Lent is to either give up or fast from something in your life. Examples of fasting include a particular meal each day, a particular type of food during the 40 days, television, or some other technological device. You can also choose to observe Lent by adding something. Great examples of this is to establish a daily time of Bible reading or prayer, participate in church activities outside of worship if you don't already do so, or find somewhere to serve on a weekly basis.
What is Maundy Thursday?
Maundy Thursday (April 1) is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus.
How did it come to be called "Good Friday?
The source of our term for the Friday before Easter, "Good Friday," is not clear. It may have originally been called "God's Friday." It is the common name for the day among English- and Dutch-speaking people; however, it is not a universal name for the day. The liturgical title in the Western church was "Friday of Preparation," since Jews used the word "paraskeue" meaning the "day of preparation" for Friday, the day they prepare for the Sabbath. Popular names for the day are "Holy Friday" among the Latin nations, "Great Friday" among the Slavic peoples, "Friday of Mourning" in Germany, "Long Friday" in Norway, and "Holy Friday" (Viernes Santo) among Hispanic peoples.
However we came to call it "Good Friday," we recognize that it is "good" because we look backward at the crucifixion through the lens of Easter! It is a day that proclaims God's purpose of loving and redeeming the world through the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Journey Together this Lenten Season
Opportunities to be involved with Parker
Lenten Book Study: Because of This I Rejoice
Every Thursday at 7 pm Join us for a 6-week study of Philippians that explores what Paul teaches about joyfully practicing spiritual disciplines. The intent of these disciplines is to help us focus less on ourselves and more on God.
Lenten Prayer Partner
Wednesday (February 17) - Easter (April 4) For the Lenten season, we are partnering members with other members in our church. If you receive a name, we are inviting you to reach out and pray for this member. This will start on Wednesday (February 17) and end on Easter (April 4). Please consider ways that you can encourage and pray for one another during these difficult times.