What Is Lent?
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represent the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.
For God So Loved: Scripture Reading Plan
A daily habit of reading Scripture is a life-changing discipleship practice. As we focus on God's great love for us and how we might build our relationship with God, we encourage you to read along with us. You can download and print the plan here, or you can pick up a paper copy at the entrance to the church!