Lent

  •  Wednesday February 14, 2018 - Sunday April 01, 2018

During the forty day season of Lent beginning on February 14, Ash Wednesday, we join in this season with brothers and sisters across the world and going back to some of the earliest Christians not out of obligation, but out of desperation.

We need Jesus.

We need Jesus so much that we’ll follow him anywhere if it means getting closer to him. We will follow him into the wilderness. We will even follow him to the cross. In fact, we must (Mt 16:24).

It is in the wilderness that we learn to let go of so many things that obscure our sight and to instead see only Jesus (Mt 17:8). It is in the wilderness that we 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 come, join us in the wilderness this Lent as we prepare for the glory of Easter! 

Services in Lent and Holy Week

2/11 Transfiguration, Sunday, 10am
2/14 Ash Wednesday, 7pm
2/18 Lent 1, Sunday, 10am
2/25 Lent 2, Sunday, 10am
3/4 Lent 3, Sunday, 10am
3/11 Lent 4, Sunday, 10am
3/18 Lent 5, Sunday, 10am
3/25 Palm Sunday, Sunday, 10am
3/30 Good Friday Service, 7pm
4/1 Easter Sunrise Service
4/1 Easter Sunday, Sunday, 10am

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

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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Holy Week Devotional

This Holy Week devotional includes daily scripture readings that follow Jesus' passion from Palm Sunday through Easter Monday, collects from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, and icons based on the readings for the day. We invite you to use them for your personal or family devotions to enter into Jesus' suffering, death, and resurrection. 

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Stories

At City of Light we are committed to finding a new day in Jesus, a new home in His church, and a new heart for our neighbors and neighborhoods. Here are stories that have been shared of how the Lord has worked in many hearts, homes and neighborhoods.

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Lent Prayer Guide

During the season of Lent, we are asking the father who delights in us, guides us, and empowers us to bring his growth and flourishing in our lives and church for the sake of others in our neighborhoods. Use this prayer guide to help lead your household in prayer. 

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