What is Lent? 
Lent is a time to grow more deeply in God’s grace. Our fasts – or sacrifices – cannot compare to those our Savior made for us, but they can raise awareness of how much we depend on other things in life rather than the Word of God.  Fasting and praying are ways to remind us of our dependence on God.
An alternate perspective suggests that we consider what Jesus “took on’ for us. He began by taking on our nature and our flesh, not just for a while, but by becoming one of us and one with us.  He did this not to relinquish his divinity, but he took on our humanity, which means that he took on our physical frailty and pain. He took on hunger, thirst, weakness, and the agony of torture.  Jesus felt real temptations and fought personal moral struggles and overcame them. He took on fear, doubt, anger, grief, abandonment and betrayal. He even cried out from the cross, “Abba, Father, have thou forsaken me?”  He remained faithful to God and to us taking on our sins upon the cross.  He took on our death, and our grave. Without Jesus there would be no glory and no eternal life.
The true challenge of Lent should not be giving something up as much as it should be taking on something.
Maybe we should be taking on another’s burdens.  Maybe we should be taking on serious responsibility in the form of ministries to the last, the least, and the lost: those with whom Jesus identified. If we still need to give up something; give up cynicism, self-righteousness, prejudice and hate. What if we only took on or put down those things which we hoped to never pick-up again? Let this Lenten Journey transform your life; not just for 40 days but permanently.

Prayer Calls will take place during Lent.  Click here for the Prayer Calendar

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During Lent Wesley will be focusing on the attributes indicated in the “I Am” sayings of Jesus as well as characteristics identified in our Bible Study, “I am a Church Member”. Each member is asked to reflect daily on the scriptures, attributes, and participate in the suggested activities as a unifying factor during Lent. A weekly meditation will be provided which complements the Wesley Lenten Activities.

 

Week of

Scripture

I am a Church Member

Activity

March 1 – 7 John 6:35, Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” I will not let my church be about my preferences and desires.
  • Personal: Give up all forms of bread from Ash Wednesday (February 18) until Holy Communion on March 1. Jesus, the bread of life, is the only bread we need.
  • Community: Provide bread for the hungry, while also providing them spiritual food (Bible, daily devotion, brochure). Under the Bridge Project or Ronald McDonald House

 

 

 

 

 

March 8-14

John 8:12, Again Jesus spoke to them, saying “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” I will pray for my church leaders.
  • Personal: Spend at least five minutes daily in prayer for our pastor and church leaders. Commit at least one prayer to writing to be included in a book we will give to the pastor and other church leaders.
  • Personal:   Spend one hour each evening without the benefit of artificial light except for the flashlights Wesley will provide, which represent Jesus’ light (the only light we need)
  • Community: Share a flashlight with someone who reflects Jesus’ light by ministering to others during the week.

March 15-21

John 14:6, Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

I will be a unifying church member.
  • Personal:  Take steps to reconcile with any church members, family, friends, coworkers, or others with whom you have had a “falling out.”
  • Community: Participate in community “healing” event

March 22 – 29

*Palm Sunday

John 11:25-26, Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me even though they die will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” I will be a functioning church member.
  • Personal: Take on at least one additional way of serving (teach, lead worship, volunteer in the church office, join or chair a committee)
  • Community: Participate in an outreach ministry: Under the Bridge Project or Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Pre-Easter Ministry

March 29-April 5 *Easter Sunday

John 11:25-26, Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me even though they die will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” I will treasure church membership as a gift.
  • Personal: Make a sacrificial gift to the church, over and above your usual tithes and offerings. You might give a certain amount for each of the 40 days of Lent
  • Community: Volunteer for the Community Sunrise Service or provide a special meal for a shut-in.

 

Alternative Fasting and Other Lent Activities:

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 Other Lent Activities