The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter. In the tradition of the Church this encompasses 40 days of Lenten focus. The 40 days is made up of all the days in the season of Lent except Sundays. Sundays are known as the Lord’s Day because this is the first day of the week when Jesus rose from the grave. This is the same reason most of the Christian Church worships on Sundays instead of Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath day. Sundays are excluded from the season of Lent because the focus of Lent is more somber than celebratory. Sundays are a day for celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord while Lent is about humble repentance and sorrow for our sins.
There are 7 Sundays in the season of Lent so the total number of days comes to 47. This year’s Lenten devotionals are following our current Sunday sermon series called The Way of the Cross. The title “The Way of the Cross” comes from Mark 8:34 where Jesus says, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Each day you will be challenged to think about the Way of the Cross and what it means to go deeper in your faith.
Each devotional includes a scripture passage for you to read from the Bible. It may be a few paragraphs or even an entire chapter. If you can, read this passage first before reading the devotional. The devotional will pick one or more verses from the passage and draw out a point or two for you think about. The devotional will then end with a prayer focus to use as a part of your prayers for the day and to help you put action to the message of the devotional.
Only good things will come from joining this devotional and reading plan. We trust that the daily readings and devotionals will draw you closer to God, help you develop a strong daily habit of reading your Bible and help you see the story of Jesus anew. Make no mistake about it, reading God’s word can change your life. That’s our prayer for everyone who joins us in this endeavor – that God will use this Lenten season to make great strides in changing you into the Christian He wants you to be.
Pastor Dan & Pastor Rowland & Marj.