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Lent Resources

What is Lent?

The word Lent is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word for springtime, which literally translates in modern English to “the lengthening of the days.” In the early church, the Lenten period was used as a time for preparing new converts for Baptism on Easter Sunday. Today it is a time for preparation, reflection, growth, and change. The liturgical color for Lent is purple, a solemn color, a color for royalty and repentance. The liturgical color for Easter Sunday and the Sundays between Easter and Pentecost is white, signifying purity.

When is Lent?

The liturgical season of Lent begins with the solemn observance of Ash Wednesday and continues for six weeks, culminating with the church’s joyous celebration of Easter.

What is Holy Week?

Holy Week is the last week of Lent. During this week, Christians remember important events in the last days of Jesus’s life, his death on the cross, and his resurrection from the dead.

Important Days during Lent

  • Ash Wednesday: official beginning of the Lenten season. It is a day of prayer and public confession of sins.
  • Palm Sunday: a day of change from the joyful celebration of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem to the solemn knowledge of what lies ahead for him in the coming week.
  • Maundy Thursday: focuses on the Lord’s Supper and the new commandment to love one another.
  • Good Friday: on this day we remember Christ’s suffering and death on the cross.
  • Easter Sunday: celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead.

Special opportunity for Lent 2022

Building God's Church Together Lenten Bible Study Group

Study healthy ministry partnership between women and men. Over the course of seven sessions, you’ll journey through video lessons, Bible study material, and thought-provoking reflection questions. And if you sign up by March 2, you’ll have the opportunity to journey with a facilitated discussion group this Lent.

Lent resources for personal discipleship

Sharing Your Faith during Lent

How to respond to common questions

Lent is a time when your neighbors may be more curious about your faith. Brush up on some common questions you might get.

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2022 Lent Discipleship Calendar

Daily discipleship prompts for Lent

Challenge yourself to deepen your discipleship a little bit each day during the season of Lent.

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Daily Lent Devotions

Based on the Psalms

Put together by chaplains, this set of daily devotions will guide you toward the cross by exploring the Psalms.

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Lent ideas for families and children

Lent worship resources

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February 6, 2020

Palm Sunday Prayer and Call to Worship Ideas

Celebrate Jesus's triumphal entry into Jerusalem
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February 7, 2020

What Is Maundy Thursday and How Is It Observed?

How and why the church commemorates the Last Supper.
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February 21, 2020

Ash Wednesday Worship Service Ideas

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent.
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April 2, 2020

Easter Worship Ideas

Songs, prayers, and other worship resources for celebrating Easter Sunday.
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March 2, 2020

Six Lent Prayer of Confession Ideas

Use these Lent prayers in worship or on your own.
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April 2, 2020

What Can the Seder Supper Teach Us about the Lord’s Supper?

D uring Passover, Jews celebrate God leading his people out of slavery in Egypt to freedom. On the first night…
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March 5, 2020

Stations of the Cross Tenebrae Service for Holy Week

Journey toward the cross with Jesus.
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April 5, 2020

Good Friday Worship Practices

How Christians might observe Good Friday in worship
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March 30, 2019

Lent Worship Practices Inspired by the Early Church

The season of Lent, the forty days (minus Sundays) prior to Easter, apparently began as a time for training and…

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Food for Faith

Passover: The Taste of Redemption

A Jewish friend helps us understand and experience the elements of the Passover meal.
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What Did Jesus Eat?

Jesus asks us to remember him through food, but what did Jesus actually eat?
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Lent Worship Practices Inspired by the Early Church

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