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 have Lenten Calendars for you to take home on the Welcome Desk. They feature a daily scripture passage to look up and a reflection to read. Hang these on your fridge or somewhere you’ll see them each day.
We 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.
We’ve also curated a list of online resources for Lent 2017. 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: 40 days of daily nourishment https://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. http://www.diopayouth.org/the-holy-herald.html
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 Feb. 19 and 26 or see Michael or Allison.
Join us as we journey together through the season of Lent, reflecting on hope and God’s love in a world of both abundance and need.