Lenten Spiritual Practices
Lent is the 40-day season from Ash Wednesday to Easter (not counting Sundays) in which we remember Jesus’ journey to the cross, his death and resurrection. From the days of the early church, Lent became a time of spiritual preparation to renew our faith. We invite you to take on a spiritual practice during this season:
Journey to Jerusalem: A Spiritual & Physical Wellness Journey
This year for Lent, members of Messiah are invited to participate in a Journey to Jerusalem: A Spiritual & Physical Wellness Journey. This wellness journey focuses on your physical and spiritual health by combining the physical benefits of walking (1.6 miles each day) with the spiritual aspects of faith. The purpose of this journey is to spend time with Christ, while spiritually and literally walking the 65 miles Jesus walked on his final journey from Nazareth to Jerusalem in the 40 days from Ash Wednesday (February 14) to Palm Sunday (March 25). You are caring for your body through physical exercise and spiritual refection. Contact Doris Acton, RN with questions, or to let her know you are participating.
Centering Prayer Group
All are invited to learn and practice this form of Christian meditation and silent prayer. We will meet weekly in the prayer chapel at Messiah on Tuesday mornings, February 20-March 27, 7:30-8 am. This is a great way to add a spiritual practice during the 40 days leading up to Easter. Contact Kami Pohl for more information.
Grow Pray Study (GPS) Daily Devotional
A daily devotional that includes reflections on the scripture readings and a prayer. To receive the daily GPS in your email, contact Jean Paulsen-Lepley and put “GPS” in the subject line. It can also be found online or a printed copy is available weekly on the wall across from the Library near the front doors of the church.
Daily Lenten Meditation
Looking for a Lenten daily devotional, scripture reading and prayer? Our staff recommends Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent by Richard Rohr. These daily meditations for Lent will draw us close to God and prepare us for our transformation into our original “image and likeness,” which is the very image of God.
Join a Faith Group
Lent is a great time to join a Faith Group! These small groups provide a place for each of us to build relationships with a few people who will help us grow and mature as believers in God. Contact Kami Pohl for how to get started.
The Thursday Morning Women’s (of all ages) Faith Group meets from 9:30-11 am in the Fireside Room. For Lent, we will be reading Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent by Richard Rohr, a daily Lenten meditation book. This study invites us to enter the wondrous divine dialogue with clarity, insight and holy desire. These daily meditations are a gift to us for our transformation into our original “image and likeness,” which is the very image of God. Contact Pastor Tami for more information.
A new Online Faith Group meets on Wednesday nights starting February 21 from 8:30-9:30 pm on Facebook Messenger. For Lent, we will be reading The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith. This book will help you discover the narratives that Jesus lived by and to practice spiritual exercises that will help you grow in the knowledge of our good and beautiful God. Contact Kami Pohl for more information.
Reflections for Families
The Family Ministry team has developed a resource guide for Messiah Families, recreating the Ash Wednesday reflection stations into activities that can be done at home.
Fasting is a practice of self-denial, putting ourselves in a state of need to remind us of our dependence on God. Abstaining from a meal or all food for a day, abstaining from treats like fancy coffee or a favorite candy reminds us of the spiritual lives of God’s people throughout scripture. Consider sacrificing something of value, if not food, then maybe sacrificing your smart phone for an entire day each week. Your “hunger” for whatever you’ve sacrificed is an opportunity to remember that your true dependence is on God. Take that time to pray for the needs of others who do not have the option to sacrifice what they do not have.