Lent is the season we “give up” things in order to test our willpower and help us grow spiritually stronger. This year consider giving up habits and foods that really aren’t good for body, mind or soul. See what a difference the 40-day “fast” makes in your life! From healthfitnessrevolution.com. (Photo: Salim Virji, Creative Commons)
God’s people are yearning for tools and help them draw closer to the divine. Here are a number of resources that you may suggest. Why not offer 10-minute Temple Talk on how to use them? Maybe form a study group to pray and use a devotional daily and meet weekly as they journey together for Lent? (Photo © robhainer – Fotolia.com)
Civilization is facing a looming crisis of plastic that, while cheap and convenient, doesn’t break down. What to do? The Church of England suggest cutting down on plastic consumption, and it offers a Lenten calendar with daily suggestions. Read about it in the New York Times. (Photo: Kate Ter Haar, Creative Commons)
RCL Reflection, 1st Sunday in Lent, Year B, Feb. 18, 2018
It’s helpful to pack as lightly as possible for the Lenten journey. How can we encourage one another to lay down our burdens, our possessions, our addictions–anything that comes between us and God–so that we can make space and time for divine encounters? Mark’s gospel structure gives us some hints. (Photo: S. Blezard, Creative Commons)
Lent can be a fruitful time of new learning, as God’s people open their hearts and minds to new insights and realities. This free Lenten devotional from Luther Seminary reinforces 10 stewardship principles through Bible study, prayer, and reflection. Produced for 2012, the dates are easily converted for use in 2018. (Photo: bhsher, Creative Commons,)
Lent is the season for taking on spiritual and physical disciplines as a way to improve our willpower and clear our minds to strengthen our walk of faith. In addition to taking on healthy practices, such as prayer and daily scripture reading, why not modify your eating habits to improve your health? Tips from US […]
Lent is a perfect time to embrace spiritual disciplines that will sharpen our awareness, clear our mind, strengthen our self-control and help bring us closer to God. This year, instead of the usual painless disciplines of giving up chocolate or swearing for Lent, consider a discipline that will challenge your will and make a big difference — financial giving.
Here’s a great way to lift up stewardship in your congregation during Lent. Check out 40acts 2017 “Romans 12 – A Living Sacrifice” and examine what it means to give your best: when it’s hard, when it hurts, with excellence. You’ll find Bible studies, small group resources, prayers, worship ideas, resources for youth, and more.
The forty days of Lent provide stewards with a marvelous opportunity to evaluate the nature of our life’s “work.” Being reminded to take a meaningful and substantive spiritual “pause” in our lives for forty days is a gift in itself. Good reading from the International Catholic Stewardship Council. (Photo by mwms1916, used by Creative Commons […]
Among the many opportunities the Lenten season provides for us, it also gives us many chances to broaden the discussion of stewardship. In our world, which is so driven by consumerism, greed, and wealth, this season calls us to turn away from these, and look again to the one true God. Here are some ideas […]