Lent

  •  Wednesday February 17, 2021 - Sunday March 28, 2021

We all need safe places and people in our lives—havens where we can run when there’s uncertainty, danger, or storm. So why do we so often seek refuge in the wrong things? Why do we live as if we don’t need safety? The Bible tells us that God is our “refuge and strength,” that he—as our rock—comes quickly to our rescue. During this season of Lent at City of Light Church, we are taking refuge in Jesus. In the midst of the storm, we want to be a people who are not ashamed to seek refuge in the Lord and in one another.

The practice of Lent is an opportunity to follow Jesus who was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit for 40 days of prayer and fasting. This Lent at City of Light, we are seeking refuge in the Lord and one another, and inviting others into the refuge of Jesus and his church. Together, we help each other say ‘no’ to all of the things that we consume and that consume us (Mt 4) so that we can say ‘yes’ to the Lord.

In that saying ‘no’ to other things, we begin to feel hungry. And weak. We begin to feel our need. It has been there all along—this hunger—but it gets masked by the quick fix foods of our self, sin, and society. We can hide our hunger, but only in Jesus the bread of heaven can it be satisfied.

It is in the wilderness that we feel our need for Jesus and that we learn to receive his presence as a feast for our hungry souls. So many of us have no space for silence, speaking with and listening to the Lord and receiving love, strength, and guidance from him.

We long for a fresh start. We need a spiritual, physical, and emotional detox. So let’s clear out space to meet with him, and if it’s harder than we thought it would be, that just means we’re recognizing how much more we need him than we thought.

Gatherings in Lent and Holy Week

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2/17 Ash Wednesday — We Need a Refuge
2/21 Lent 1 — Our Refuge in the Wilderness
2/28 Lent 2 — Our Refuge Is with Jesus
3/7 Lent 3 — Finding Refuge in God’s House
3/14 Lent 4 — Taking Refuge in the Feast
3/21 Lent 5 — Our Refuge in Death
3/28 Palm Sunday
4/1 Maundy Thursday
4/2 Good Friday
4/4 Easter Sunday

SUNDAY GATHERING

Resources

City of Light Resources

Books

  • The Good of Giving Up by Aaron Damiani—Aaron is the pastor of our sister church Immanuel Anglican in Chicago and this book is a simple, practical, and moving invitation to meet Jesus during Lent.
  • The Great Lent by Alexander Schmemann—This is a dense but rewarding look at the meaning of the season of Lent.
  • Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren—In the overlooked moments and routines of our day, we can become aware of God's presence in surprising ways. How do we embrace the sacred in the ordinary and the ordinary in the sacred? Framed around one ordinary day, this book explores daily life through the lens of liturgy, small practices, and habits that form us.

Confession

  • Why Confession by Meghan Robins—An article from our sending church on why confessing our sins to one another is full of grace.
  • Confession by Word and Table—A podcast from two pastors in our diocese exploring why we confess.
  • Confession Liturgy—Here are the simple prayers we use to confess our sins and receive the forgiveness and grace of God.

Fasting

  • Why Prayer and Fasting by Bishop Stewart Ruch—A short article from our Bishop that includes the meaning of fasting and practical advice on beginning a fast.
  • Fasting for Lent by Winfield Bevins on AnglicanPastor.com—More Biblical context and practical advice for fasting during Lent. They also have a bunch of other articles on Lent here.

Household Worship

  • Introducing Lent to Children—This article by Robin Floch gives simple language to help children understand and enter into confession. Robin is a children's pastor at an Anglican church in Texas and has written the curriculum we're currently using in City Kids.
  • RezKids Family Devotional—This resource was created by our sending church for families practicing Lent together.

Misc.

News

Intro to Lent Podcast

Are you new to Lent, want to know more about it, or want some help figuring out how to enter into it this year? Check out this podcast with Father Trevor as we enter into Lent together this year. 

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News

How to Keep the Sabbath

In a crucible season in my family's life, God used the sabbath to teach us to trust in him. Here are a few things that we've found helpful as we seek to keep the Sabbath.—Fr. Trevor McMaken

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