It is with great joy and hope that we present to you this 2017 version of our own Lenten Devotional booklet. The season of Lent can be one of the most meaningful times for our faith during the year. Lent provides an opportunity to reflect, to fast, to repent and return to the Lord.
We all fall into particular patterns of behavior in our life. Lent offers us the opportunity to reflect on how we are living out our faith and to intentionally pray and use discipline (giving up something or taking something on) to help establish new, healthier patterns in our faith life.
The season of Lent is 40 days long – beginning Ash Wednesday (March 1, 2017) and continuing through Holy Saturday (April 15, 2017), not including Sundays. These forty days remind us of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness (Mark 1:12-13, Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-12), and of the Israelites formation as the people of God during their forty-year journey in the wilderness. We mark these days as a period of fasting, of prayer, and of repentance. This is an intentional time of reorienting the direction of our lives towards God.
Sundays are not included in the count of 40 days because each Sunday of the year is a celebration of the Lord’s resurrection – a mini Easter if you will. We do some things differently during Lent, even on Sundays to observe this season. We “put away” our Alleluias (except for funerals), and celebrate no weddings.
This book of daily devotionals is offered to you as a tool to help you along your Lenten journey. It is appropriate during the season of Lent to fast or to give up something, in order to focus your attention upon God. Many people also take on a spiritual discipline (like reading daily scripture and a meditation) or a special ministry during this season. Perhaps you will read one of the four Gospels or a recommended spiritual book (located on the table in the back of the church). If I can be helpful in your Lenten practices, or pray for or with you during this season, please let me know. We are invited, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent.
The Rev. Dr. Eric J. Liles
Click here for a printable copy of our devotions booklet. The daily devotions are also available on our website, along with links to all the scripture readings.