Lent begins in less than two weeks! Of all the seasons in the Church Year, Lent always seems to be the most spiritually formative for me. It must have something to do with the death of self it calls us to through intentional sacrifice and repentance. When I give myself to the practice of Lent, not only do I remember his death, but I actually feel crucified with Christ. I can't help but believe that this embodied cruciformity is the kind of life that Jesus calls us into as his disciples. And when we enter fully into his death, it is then that we can truly experience the joy of his resurrection.
Jeremy Stout and I have been hard at work the last couple weeks on a Lent resource for families and churches. Lent for the Family is a user-friendly, ready-made resource to lead followers of Jesus in a simple practice of Lent. We think that both those who are newer to Lent and long time Lent practitioners will find it instructive and helpful. Families with kids, empty nesters, college roommates, those who live alone, small groups, and entire churches can benefit from this resource. (The image to the right is a centerpiece we designed and give instructions in this resource for you to make and put on your table.)
Here's a blurb with more details about what is included in the packet:
Lent for the Family: A Simple GuideA ready-made guide to lead your family, group, or church in a simple and meaningful practice of Lent. Contents include:
- A brief Introduction to Lent: "What Is Lent and Why Should We Practice It?"
- Ready-for-Print files of guide cards to hand out to your people
- Ready-for-Web files to post on your websiteCard 1 is meant to ease people into the season. It includes directions in discerning a practice, instructions in creating a table centerpiece, and a short daily prayer.Card 2 consists of an in depth, yet still very simple, prayer and scripture guide to lead us into the Story of God throughout the remainder of the season.May this resource help you enter faithfully into the death of Christ this season, so that your joy in the resurrection may be complete!
Click here to download the PDF file of this 10-page packet.
If you like it and choose to use it, would you consider making a donation for our work? I normally wouldn't ask, but I am going down to part-time at River Valley Church and will be doing more of this kind of thing as part of my new vocation. We so appreciate your generosity. My PayPal email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to send money using PayPal.
Or, this resource is also available at WorshipTraining.com, so if you are a paying subscriber, feel free to download the file from there. They will compensate me for every click.
Click here to download from WorshipTraining.com.
Finally, if you're interested in learning more about Lent and why I think Christians benefit from practicing it, here is a post from last year: Preparing for Lent.