Ash Wednesday is next week. This is the day that kicks off the forty-day journey toward Easter. It is a season when we, in the northern hemisphere, hunker down in the last weeks of winter and anticipate the coming of Spring and the celebration of new life in the resurrection of Jesus. We examine our hearts and see what part of our faith has grown cold and needs to be woken up from its winter sleep.

We do this examination by practicing certain spiritual habits like prayer, fasting, Bible reading and service. This is a wonderful time to gather your family and make this journey together. Pastor Rolf Jacobson sent me a link this week to a wonderful resource for families called Don’t Forget to Pray. It was edited by Heather Roth Johnson at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Minneapolis. You can download it here.

I invite your family to engage in Lent in three ways this season:

  1. Commit to spending time each day practicing the Faith 5: Share highs and lows, Read scripture (use the devotional guide), Talk about the scripture and how it connects to your life, Pray out loud for each other, and Bless each other. Learn more about Faith 5 here.
  2. Attend one of our three Ash Wednesday services next week. See times and locations here.
  3. Attend Lenten services each Wednesday at the Lake Campus. There is a community meal at 5:30pm. We will begin with Holden Village Vespers at 6:00pm, followed by a time of intergenerational teaching about Jesus’ “I AM” statements. This will be a great series that takes us deeper into who Jesus is and why it matters. Learn more here.

I hope this Lent is a season of spiritual growth and new birth for your family.

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