WHAT IS LENT?
Lent. The word itself connects us to a season of life. The word ‘Lent’ comes from a Germanic word meaning ‘long’, descriptive of the season when dark nights grow shorter, days grow brighter and longer, and indications of new life become increasingly apparent.
Followers of Jesus have annually set aside Lent as a season of preparation for Easter. Beginning in the 4th Century the Church has engaged the 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday as a time of both sober reflection and heightened awareness of God’s presence revealed in the person and story of Jesus. Lent is marked by practices of: Scripture reading (one of the Gospels), prayer, fasting, silence, and solitude to focus on following the way of Jesus.
We participate in Lent through giving up and taking up: giving up what can distract us to create space for us to hear and respond to God; taking up practices that ground us, realign us, and increase our attention to God’s voice. Our prayer is that together as a community, from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, we will confess our brokenness, respond in repentance, and—as the days grow brighter—experience the abundance and reality of restoration through God’s lavish grace.
Read prayers each Morning and Evening during the season of Lent. Prayers cards are available at Acoma or download to print.
LENT FOR EVERYONE: MATTHEW is a daily devotional by N.T. Wright to read through the book of Matthew during the season of Lent this year. Copies of the book are available at Acoma for $5.
GIVING UP & TAKING UP
Contribute to the basket a symbol of what you are giving up or taking up during the season of Lent.
Wednesday, March 1, 7AM & 7PM at Acoma
We come together to sing, pray, and receive the ashes. We remember our mortality on Ash Wednesday as we ask God to “teach us to number our days”. Ash Wednesday services are 30 minutes. Childcare is not provided.
good FRIDAY TENEBRAE SERVICE
Friday, April 14, 7PM at Acoma
We gather in remembrance of the crucifixion and death of Jesus for a Tenebrae service. It is one hour that leads us through readings, reflection, prayer, song, darkness and silence. Childcare is not provided.
Sunday, April 16, 5PM at Acoma
Our Easter Sunday service we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the promise of moving from death to life.
Sunday, April 16, 6PM at Acoma
We celebrate Easter by hosting a community celebration sharing good food and good drinks together. We will provide Moe's BBQ, drinks and desserts. Please bring a side dish to share.