Join us in practicing Lent

We hope you’ll join us starting Sunday, February 14 for the start of a new message series, Empty & Filled: Discovering the Power and Meaning of Lent. Lent has been practiced by followers of Jesus in some form since the 4th century, and is a time to narrow our focus to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, to turn from our sin, and trust in His atoning work on the cross.

The season of Lent lasts 40 days (excluding Sundays), between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. In those 40 days, we remember Jesus’ 40 days of fasting and temptation in the desert, and symbolically follow Him into the wilderness. It is a time for fasting and self-denial — though not for the sake of denial itself. It is a time to empty ourselves of lesser things so that we might be filled with the greater things of the gospel in anticipation of Resurrection Sunday.

We will also have two invitations for our entire church family: to fast from a common comfort or distraction, and add or increase a spiritual practice. The hope for this season is to empty ourselves of some background noise to be filled with more of the Holy Spirit. We can’t wait to see you Sunday at 8:45 or 10:45 am, in person or online! You can watch Sunday services online on Facebook or YouTube.

You can find information about Good Friday and Easter services by clicking here.

 

Lenten Devotionals

For a free printable devotional from Cross & Crown, click here.

If you’d like to receive a Lenten daily devotional via email from Gospel in Life, click here.

 

Ash Wednesday service

If you couldn’t join us online or in person on Ash Wednesday, you can watch the recorded service on our Facebook page and YouTube channel. We hope it helps you begin the season of Lent, and focus on Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and prepare to celebrate Resurrection Sunday.

Ideas for fasting

Click through our Lenten mailer (below) to hear our Teaching Pastors’ heart behind practicing Lent. You’ll also find ideas about fasting ideas to empty our lives from distractions, and spiritual practices to help focus on Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection. If you’re not on our snail mail list and you’d like to be added, email Nola at nsweet@christtherock.org.

Lent handout

Spiritual Disciplines

While fasting is an emptying process, other disciplines like Bible study, prayer and meditation on God’s Word are intended to fill your head and heart to bring you closer to Jesus. Check out this link to explore a list of Spiritual Disciplines identified in Rick Foster’s Celebration of Discipline.