The Season of Lent • February 14th-March 29th
A Time of New Beginnings
What is Lent?
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry. Matthew 4:1-2
In an earlier age, Lent was the season in the church year in which congregations walked with those who were preparing to become Christians through Holy Baptism It is also a season in which we who are baptized consider our own faith journey and how well we are walking with Christ. Thus, Lent is a time for both repentance and growth.
We invite you to go deeper the Lent, and to see the 40- Days of this Season - roughly one tenth of the year - as a tithe of your time back to God. The traditional, biblical act of fasting, prayer, and acts of loving service are in which you might experience a new beginning of your own.
A Midweek Lenten Devotion Facebook Live
Beginning February 20, tune in on Tuesdays at 7:00pm as the Tidewater Conference presents "I Am," a weekly online devotion that exams the "I Am" statements of Jesus. Each week a different pastor will offer a half-hour interactive meditation. Watch live, or view later on in the week at your convenience. Find us on Facebook. Search for @GoodShepherdLutheranChurch VB. We will link to the host of each week's episode.
Here are a few opportunities at
Good Shepherd to consider:
MIDWEEK WORSHIP SERVICES
Ash Wednesday Services
Ash Wednesday Services with the Imposition of Ashes
February 14th 12:00p & 7:00p
Holden Evening Prayers
Feb 21st thru March 21st
Join us on Wednesday evenings in Lent at 6:30p for our Holden Evening Prayer. This simple, yet powerful device is a long-time favorite as Good Shepherd and a great way to make time and space in your life for God.
A Time Set Aside
Just as we set aside time to spiritually prepare for Christmas Day, it makes sense to set aside time to prepare for the two most important days of the Christian year. Lent is a time that offers us an opportunity to come to terms with the human condition we may spend the rest of the year running from and it brings our need for a Savior to the forefront. Like Advent, Lent is a time to open the doors of our hearts a little wider and understand our Lord a little deeper, so that when Good Friday and eventually Easter comes, it is not just another day at church but an opportunity to receive the overflowing of graces God has to offer.
But unlike the childlike joy associated with the season of Advent, with it's eager anticipation of the precious baby Jesus, Lent is an intensely penitential time as we examine our sinful natures and return to the God we have, through our own rebelliousness, hurt time and again. Lent is also an opportunity to contemplate what our Lord really did for us on the Cross - and it wasn't pretty. But ultimately, the purpose of Lent does not stop at sadness and despair - it points us to the hope of the Resurrection and the day when every tear will be dried (Rev. 21:3).
And about three o'clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Matthew 27:33-49
Although the nature of suffering is not one that offers itself to easy explanations or pat answers, the answers we seek seem to make the most sense in light of the Cross. There is nothing in the world - no religion, philosophy, or material comfort - that offers such a powerful answer to life's toughest questions as the two slabs of wood on which our Savior died. Although I was drawn to Christianity in search of joy, it's the Cross that keeps me coming back day after day, year after year. It is this time of year, known as Lent, that I am reminded of what Jesus did for me.
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