Lent is a mystery to many people. Depending on your church, you may never have heard of Lent or experienced it in any way. Lent is not something we find in the Bible nor is it required. Instead, it is inspired by Scripture and can be a great tool if used to deepen your faith and relationship with God.
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter). Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Among Believers who observe Lent it is viewed as a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a perfect time for self-examination and reflection. Believers use this time to focus on their relationship with God and often choose to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.
It has become a tradition at Active Christians Today UT to use our Spring Semester to deepen our relationship with God and focus on discipleship and spiritual growth. Because Easter falls at such a late date this year, it seemed like a perfect opportunity observe the Lenten season and the original meaning behind it.
How can you take part in our ACT UT observance of Lent this year?
1. Take time for God each day with a daily devotional beginning on Ash Wednesday (March 6). We are using Daily “Devotions for Lent from the Holy Bible” by Mosaic on YouVersion found here: CLICK HERE!
2. The season of Lent for many Christians is marked by a sacrifice either by giving something up or taking something on. What will you choose? Some people give up a cherished food item, television show, social media or other “must-have.” Others answer God's call to increase their prayer time, take time for mini-fasts, or take on a ministry of another kind. Pick what you will add or subtract and commit to do this for the entire season of Lent.
3. Service and helping others is another way to observe Lent. On Wednesday, April 3 at 5 PM we will join Pastor Dave Underwood from Delta Church of Christ at the Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission ( (1917 Jefferson Ave Toledo). We will serve food, meet those who come to the mission and help out in a half hour worship service at 7 PM.
4. Participate in our “Maundy Thursday” observance on Thursday, April 18 at 7 PM. “Maundy” means “command” and highlights Jesus' command at His last supper with the disciples when He said “do this in remembrance of me.” We will observe the Lord’s Supper together through reader’s theater and then by the taking and giving of the elements. This will close our observance of Lent as we then turn our attention to the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday.
Will you commit to join with us during the season of Lent? It is a great opportunity to learn the meaning of Lent and the joy of deepening your relationship with God!