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Lent Quiz: How did the early church observe Lent?

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In addition to being a time to remember the mercy and forgiveness of Jesus, the early church used Lent to prepare converts for baptism, and to offer opportunities for those who had been separated from the church to be reconciled.

Today Lent remains an ideal time to remember our baptism and to reconcile relationships with those we may have harmed. All of this signifies to us our sinfulness and the sacrifice of Jesus which makes our forgiveness possible.

Watch a video about baptism in the United Methodist church.

Learn more about ancient traditions that still influence Easter.

Check out all our resources for Lent and Easter.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2021 in Easter, Holidays, Lent, Pender UMC, Posts of Interest

 

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Lent Quiz: True or False? Sundays are not counted in the 40 days of Lent

The correct answer is True.

Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, meaning “lengthen” and refers to the lengthening days of spring. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by new converts and then became a time of penance by all Christians. Today, Christians focus on relationship with God, growing as disciples and extending ourselves, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of ourselves for others.

Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter.” This is why you will see the designation “Sunday in Lent” rather than “Sunday of Lent” in the naming of these Sundays. On each Lord’s Day in Lent, while Lenten fasts continue, the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2021 in Easter, Holidays, Lent, Pender UMC, Posts of Interest

 

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What does the term ‘Lent,’ which comes from ‘lencten,’ mean?

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Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.” The root words mean “long days,” and this combination probably refers to the increasing daylight at this time of year. Lent’s 40 days represent Jesus’ time in the wilderness, enduring temptation and preparing to begin his ministry.

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Posted by on February 17, 2021 in Holidays, Lent, Posts of Interest

 

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Ash Wednesday – Yet Even Now

Ash Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 pm

Dear Pender Friends,

I want to encourage you to participate in our “Ash Wednesday” livestream this Wednesday, February 17, at 7pm.

As always, we will be on YouTube, Facebook, and the church’s website and we’ll be returning to a presentation style that is more familiar to you. You might be asking, “Why do we need Lent this year?” With the pandemic, we’ve been through the “Lentiest Lent that has ever Lented”. As for self-reflection, “Just what do you think we were doing during the months we were on lock-down?”

But, maybe this year, more than ever, we need to focus on Jesus. We need to focus on the cross and the hope it brings. In the Lenten box delivered to your home, get your charcoal out and be ready at 7pm on Wednesday! I’ll provide instructions as to how to apply “the sign of the cross” during the livestream.

Grace and Peace,
Will

p.s. Children love symbols, so please include them. There will be a special “Time with Children” for them.


“Yet Even Now”

Worship Service, Time with Children, Sermon, Use of Ashes

(In your Lenten bag, there is some charcoal, please have it on hand when the service begins.  Please enjoy the soup supper before or after worship as a reminder to live simply during Lent.)

 

Adults, please listen for the answers to the following…

 

What is the significance of the ashes?

 

What kind of ashes do we use “normally”?

 

What does it mean to repent?

 

Why is that important?

 

Think about what YOU can do to participate in Lenten discipline this year.

 

Help children experience Ash Wednesday…

 

  • First, include them! Kid’s love symbols.  They get it!
  • Tell the children that they know the “brands” of their sneakers, backpacks, coats, etc. Ask them to tell you about their favorite brands…
    • Then say, “What does it mean to make the cross your ‘brand’ for life”?
  • Tell them, “From tonight until Easter Sunday (April 4th), we want to be the best followers of Jesus we can be.”
    • Ask them, “What should we do?”
    • Then ask, “What should we not do?”
  • Tell them that the sign of the ashes means, “You belong to Jesus.” Encourage them to wear the sign of the cross (charcoal) on their foreheads for the rest of the night.

 

 
 

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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Service and Spaghetti Dinner

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. It derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a sign of mourning and repentance to God.

Our Ash Wednesday service will begin at 7:00 pm with Soup and a Discussion online.

And Chuck Knows Church says…

Ever seen a little smudge mark on someone’s forehead as they walk out of church? That’s a sign of the cross and it means it’s Ash Wednesday during Lent. Chuck tells you about this important worship service:

 
 

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