Invitation to a Holy Lent
“Return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.” (Joel 2:13)
Lent is our season to grow in faith and prepare for the celebration of new life at Easter. Although we are observing the season without gathering in-person, we are still invited to open our hearts to connecting in new ways with God and each other and setting apart these 40 days as a holy time.
You are invited to try one of the following resources to deepen your relationship to God, to meditate on His Word, and to listen to His message of love to you. Use these tools on your journey:
St. Timothy’s Lenten Examen: The examen is a centuries-old practice in the church that invites us to prayerfully reflect on our days in the presence of God. Rather than a prayer to memorize and recite, it is a contemplative practice. (See attachment below.)
Lent Fast for the Earth 2021: A Fast for the Earth: Lent 2021 provides a fast for each week of Lent, which begins on Feb. 17 and ends on April 3. It begins with a meat fast followed by a consumption fast, a food waste fast, a water fast, an injustice fast, an electricity fast and an ignorance fast. It concludes with a resurrection feast for Easter on April 4. Each fast begins with a passage from scripture related to the subject, followed by a short reflection on how the subject is harming creation, and then some suggestions for how to give it up for the week or make long-lasting changes that will benefit creation. This Lenten resource is provided to help us in our walk as servants of creation. (See attachment below.)