Lent is a liturgical season of spiritual preparation in the Christian tradition. It begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks (roughly 40 days) before Easter Sunday. Traditionally and historically the purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through spiritual practices (such as prayer, penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement and self-denial) for either baptism or a renewed spiritual centeredness.
In our congregation here at College Avenue we celebrate Lent as a season in which we’re reminded of what it means to be human. While that sounds funny, the point behind it is to take the time to be aware of who we are - strengths, warts and all. It’s in seeing who we are and how we are, that we can begin to silence ourselves enough to possibly glimpse where God is present in the world, in our city and in our lives.
In 2016 Monte is working to empower us to create a community-wide daily devotion during Lent. A devotional reading is a resource that can enable you and/or others to reflect, calm down, center and be still for a moment in view of having a larger perspective on the day, the season, life and how God is actively present in all of it.
This entails that each member or participant in our faith community would take 10-20 minutes to share a favorite scripture and what they love about it in under 100 words; or with an image. You can participate in this project by filling out the form below with your response. When you submit your information it will go directly via the inter webs to Monte for editing and compilation in our congregation-wide devotion to be published electronically on our church blog and also in paper each Sunday.
I hope you'll participate! - Monte