from Allison Pate, Faith Formation & Service Director
As Christians, we know and observe the season of Lent as a time of preparation for personal and collective transformation. Having nurtured ourselves through Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, Lent becomes the time to look truthfully at ourselves and make changes. At Good Shepherd we want to help equip you to make the most out of this Church season.
Counting the days and weeks is one way to observe the 40 days of Lent. We’ll have Lenten Calendars for you to take home in the Narthex. The calendar is a blank template that offers a doable, simple discipline for each day of Lent. These calendars mark the daily journey to Easter with your prayers and drawings. The finished Lenten calendar is a colorful reminder of what was in your head and on your heart each day. It is a record of the daily spiritual journey through Lent. Hang these on your fridge or somewhere you’ll see them each day.
We’ll have copies of Bread for the World’s Lenten Prayers for Hungry People Weekly Lenten Devotional available in the Narthex. This six-panel “table tent” includes devotions, reflections, and prayers to encourage you in your call to action to create a world in which all are fed and none go hungry. Bread for the World believes ongoing prayer is essential for creating and sustaining the political will needed to achieve the end of extreme hunger by 2030. To encourage this outpouring of prayers, this resource includes the Scripture lessons appointed for the five Sundays in Lent as well as Palm Sunday.
We’ve also curated a list of online resources for Lent 2018. You can have a devotion sent to your e-mail inbox, there are devotions that can be texted to you, or you can print one out to use.
Luther Seminary: “Through the Night of Dark and Sorrow” written by Luther Seminary faculty, staff and students. www.luthersem.edu/lent/ Available as an email or download in standard or large print.
#PictureLent: http://lecfamily.org/lent/ Available as an email and includes a Photo-A-Day Challenge, Daily Devotions, and Family Activities.
Holy Herald devotions sent to you daily via text message! Each day you receive two text messages: one in the morning and one in the evening. The morning devotion will include a short Scripture verse to reflect on during the day. In the evening, the devotion will include a short prayer to pray.www.diopayouth.org/the-holy-herald.html
The Promise of Easter – Family Devotions for Lent Free weekly Lenten devotions
Each devotional includes a Bible verse, ideas for family activities, and conversation-starters. We know families are busy, so the devotionals are created to fit easily into your family’s weekly routine.
You’ll receive them in your inbox from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday. https://info.1517.media/acton/media/33371/the-promise-of-easter
For our families with young children, we’ve prepared Lent-at-Home Kits. Each kit includes items to help families practice Lent together. In homes with children, seasonal customs like devotion time and activities become cherished treasures that are handed down the generations. Kits will be distributed during Sunday School opening on February 11 and 18, or see Michael or Allison.