The Season of Lent
Lent is a forty day season of penitence leading to Easter. (Every Sunday is a celebration of the resurrection, and they are not included.) The forty days recall the Israelites’ forty years in the desert and Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness. Lent invites us into a season of exploring the depths of our estrangement from God’s love.
Traditionally, Lent is a season of prayer, penitence, fasting and almsgiving. These are ancient Christian practices of restoration. They are aimed at restoring relationships with God and with our communities, relationships we have broken through sin.
We began Lent at Northside with our Ash Wednesday service in the sanctuary. We imposed the ashes on one another’s foreheads and repeat the words, “Remember you are dust, and to dust you will return.”
In this year’s Lenten season, we consider our bodies—the flesh and blood of our existence—and how they shape our understanding of and response to the call of God upon our lives. We will explore the biblical metaphors in our lectionary readings that point to our bodies, and we will expand on those metaphors as we worship together.
Lent One (March 10), Lips
Lent Two (March 17), Bellies
Lent Three (March 24), Throats
Lent Four (March 31), Hands
Lent Five (April 7), Feet
Lent Six (April 14), Backs
Lenten Banner – The three banners represent the bold call to Lent, the journey to the cross, and finally the invitation to prayer. The color purple is the color of preparation and also of repentance.
Lenten Lunches- Wednesdays at 12pm
Each week we will host a speaker who will share about Lenten practices in his/her own tradition. Lunch will be served ($5).
March 13- Father McGing of Holy Savior Catholic Church
March 20- Father Yerger of the Greek Orthodox Church
March 27- Pastor Tom Clark of Ascension Lutheran Church
April 3- Pastor Bob Blanton, Episcopal Church
April 10- Rev. Susan Meadors, Northside Baptist Church