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Prepare to Prepare

Praying Through Lent – 2018

Introduction:

This Lenten season our congregation will focus on the practice of prayer and pray our way through the 40 days of Lent.  Beginning Ash Wednesday at 12:00 a.m. a 24 hour prayer vigil will begin.  Archie has prepared prayer stations available in the Chapel for the 24 hour prayer time.  I encourage your family to sign up to participate for a half an hour during this time.  The link to the sign-up is on the church website on the homepage scrolling header about Ash Wednesday or follow this: https://www.24-7prayer.com/signup/61e724  Also, this year we will offer two opportunities to receive ashes, Wednesday February 14 at 6:45 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Children and Family Ministry will also practice Prayer during the 40 days of Lent.  Lent is a time to prepare our hearts fort the great mystery of Easter – that God would come in the form of a human and live with us to show us the Love of the Father.  It is fitting that Lent starts on Valentines this year and marks the beginning of our journey into a greater love relationship with God by purposefully spending more time talking and listening to God in prayer.

Each week of Lent we will learn about a different way to pray and then practice it for the week.  I have also prepared a Psalm for every day of Lent that can be read as a prayer.  The 40 days of Lent start on February 14 and are counted every day except Sundays.  Sundays are little reminders of the resurrection and they are not counted in the 40 days.  That said, I have included enough Psalms to include Sundays.

Our daily activity for Lent this year is to extend the spiral from Advent, or make another one.  The spiral should have 41 place holders (the last place holder is for Easter).   Each day in Lent you can either light a candle or move a wooden cross around the spiral until Easter.  Children received wooden crosses last Easter, but if you need one we have some- just ask or you could make your own by lashing small sticks together.  Our Pintrest page has all the details, just use the Pin button.

I also recommend that you gather some kind of notebook to record your prayers during Lent and the answers and blessings you received during this time.

I look forward to a powerful and prayerful Lent.

Blessings,

Denise