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LENT

A Season of Repentance, Renewal, and Preparation

Lenten Service

 

On Wednesday, March 6, we gathered corporately to lay aside our distractions and enter into the liturgical season of Lent, a time of repentance, cleansing, and renewal.

If you were unable to be with us on that evening, we encourage you to watch Pastor Gerald's sermon entitled "Depending on God in Order to Love" below.  

 

No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for others. So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great.

—John Chrysostom

 

 

A Lenten Devotional—2019

Each Thursday of Lent, this devotional guide invites us to focus on an area of life where it is a challenge to remember our dependence on the Lord. We will assess our habits of dependence in a world of resources and reacquaint ourselves with Christ’s sufficiency.

It is traditional to fast from food during the season of Lent. To foster a spirit of unity, Calvary is inviting the congregation to fast each Thursday during Lent, as a means of reminding ourselves of our dependence on the Father who called us to Himself and gave us His Son. We will break our fast together as a congregation at our Maundy Thursday service, during Holy Week. Feel free to choose another day of the week to fast if Thursdays do not work well for you. If you are unable to fast from food, we invite you to abstain from some other meaningful item or practice.

You may pick up your copy of A Lenten Devotional—2019 at either of our Welcome Desks or access a pdf version through the button below.

 

A Lenten Devotional—2019 ›

 

What is Lent?

The 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness are the basis for the 40 days of Lent, the period preceding Easter Sunday, the highest day of the Christian year. The season of Lent was established in the fourth century, not long after the Council of Nicaea (the same council that gave us the Nicene Creed). The first day of Lent is Ash Wednesday; in 2019, Ash Wednesday is March 6.

The final day of Lent can differ depending on one's church tradition and whether you are referring to the Lenten Fast or the liturgical period of Lent. The liturgical period of Lent ends during Holy Week on the evening of Maundy Thursday.

Lent, like the season of Advent, is a time of preparation, marked with fasting, praying, cleansing. It is an opportunity to meditate upon and redeclare our full dependence on God. As mortals, we are nothing more than dust, dependent on God for our every breath. He alone, through Jesus Christ, provides the means for our salvation as well as the faith and ability to live the life to which He has called us. 

Life is busy and filled with distractions of all kinds that can and do get in the way of our worship of our awesome God. Lent encourages a focused effort at laying aside these distractions and a reorientation back to the way that we have been called to live, not just during the season of Lent, but at all times.

The Christian calendar offers a sustainable rhythm of which Lent is a part, and the fasting of Lent gives way to the feasting of Easter. Fasting and feasting are interconnected disciplines that teach us to love the King and his coming kingdom. In Lent, we learn to confess our sins, practice self-denial, and take on the humility of Christ. In Easter, we learn to rejoice, exult, and feast in Christ's victory.

—Aaron Damiani

Looking for more on Lent? Click here to read former staff member Eric Rubio's article entitled "What is Lent?"