Lean Into Lent
Early Christians observed "a season of penitence and fasting" in preparation for Easter.
The season now known as Lent (from an Old English word meaning "spring," the time of lengthening days) has a long history. In the western church the forty days of Lent extend from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, omitting Sundays. The last three days of Lent are the sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Today Lent has reacquired its significance as the final preparation of adult candidates for baptism. Joining with them, all Christians are invited "to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word" (BCP, p. 265).
Lent is a time to give up an earthly distraction and/or take on a new spiritual practice.
Browse these resources to energize and inspire your spiritual life, and choose some new ways to observe a Holy, Meaningful Lent.
The Lenten Challenge (through April 20th)
Is there one luxury you pay for now that you would give up for this season of Lent? Could you forgo your daily Starbucks, candy bar or fountain drink? As a parish, we will give up one personal luxury for Lent. We will collect and pool our “luxury” money each Sunday in Lent and donate it to the River Place Elementary summer backpack lunch program.
Lenten Friday Services, through April 12th, 12 Noon
A brief, somber, meaningful service with communion to boost your Lenten practices.
Confirmation Sunday, April 7th, 9:00 AM
Confirmation is a mature commitment to become an active church member, including pledging your time, talent, and treasure. The sacrament of Confirmation is a special service in which you reaffirm your baptismal vows and receive the “laying on of hands” by a Bishop. Adult preparation for Confirmation is through participation in Father Andrew’s class.
Your Confirmation in the Episcopal Church is documented either through a letter of transfer from another Episcopal Church where you were confirmed, or through participation in the Confirmation service here at St. Luke’s on the Lake. Confirmed members of the Roman Catholic Church are received into the Episcopal Church by the Bishop. Confirmed Episcopalians who reaffirm their confirmation vows during the service here at St. Luke’s on the Lake should also have their letter of transfer sent here from their previous parish.
After Confirmation, we strongly encourage you to regularly attend Christian Education classes, held Sundays from 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM during the school year. We also strongly encourage you to join a connection group and then, over time, one of St. Luke's ministries. If you want to serve in a leadership role or on the Vestry, the governing body of our parish, in the future, you must be a confirmed Episcopalian.
Prayer Book Class
Sundays, March 3rd – April 7th, 10:30 AM
Fellowship Hall, Taught by Father Andrew Benko
Why do we use the Book of Common Prayer in the Episcopal Church? Is it based on scripture? What else is in it? Do you have other prayer book questions? Required class for all adults planning to be confirmed, received, or reaffirmed on April 7th. Register for Confirmation and class through the church office, 512-266-2455, email@example.com
Communion Discovery Class for Children (Ages 4 – 12)
Saturday, April 13th, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
(bring a sack lunch)
Children will learn why and how we take communion in a fun, relatable way! Contact LoriAnn Lavallee for more information, 512-266-2455.
Lenten Madness (March 6th – April 17th)
Sort of like March Madness brackets for NCAA basketball, only with Saints! A fun, all-family, all-parish activity. You will hear about the Saints during the Lenten sermons. Children and youth will learn about the Saints too. Saints “bracket” posters will be in the Narthex (church lobby). More resources here: www.lentmadness.org.
Printed & Online Lenten Resources
See our printed resources in the church lobby, or online resources here.