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 marked by confession, repentance, and restoration. 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. Historically Lent is marked by the practices of: Scripture reading (one of the Gospels), prayer, silence, solitude and fasting to focus on following the way of Jesus.
TNL participates 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.
RESOURCES FOR LENT
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 LENT FOR EVERYONE are available on Tuesday night at TNL for $5 thanks to the generosity of a family within TNL.
CALENDAR FOR LENT
Wednesday, Mar 1, 7am & 7pm at Acoma.
You are invited to join us as we sing, pray, and receive ashes together.
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.
Friday, April 14. 7pm at Acoma.
We gather in rememberance of the crucifixion and death of Jesus for a Tenebrae service that includes
readings, reflection, prayer, song, darkness and silence. The service is 1 hour. Childcare is not provided.
Sunday, April 16, 11AM at Acoma.
This year join TNL for an Easter Sunday morning service as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus,
and the promise of moving from death to life.
Sunday, April 16, 12PM at Acoma.
We celebrate Easter by hosting a community celebration sharing good food and good drinks together.
TNL will provide grilled sausages, sides, and drinks.
Please bring a dessert to share.