March 13, the First Sunday of Lent

March 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Greetings! On Sundays during the season of Lent, this blog will take a different approach than the Scripture meditation that takes place on the other days of the week.

The 40 days of Lent are counted from Ash Wednesday to Easter, excluding Sundays. Since each Sunday is a celebration of the Risen Lord, many choose to celebrate it differently during this season. Those who have given something up may choose to partake on Sundays, while others who have taken something extra on may choose to lay it aside. Those who are celebrating in other ways may choose to celebrate differently on Sundays during this time. It should also be said that this is by no means standardized or required. If one has made a decision to observe the season a particular way for six days of the week, it is left to that person’s discretion as to how to celebrate the seventh.

In recognition of Sundays as days of celebration, this blog will shift from a meditation upon Scripture to a suggestion regarding the celebration of the season within the community of faith. This is intentional; since this blog deals mainly with personal, private prayer and contemplation, some thoughts dealing with celebrating the season with others in the community of faith would be helpful. Feel free to change or substitute these suggestions with your own ideas, if you desire. These posts on Sundays are only meant to help you think of Lent in terms of community and provide a starting point for you to engage others as we celebrate this season together.

Suggestion: Sometime this week, plan a meal with other people to discuss how God is at work during this season (or any topic of your choosing). If you choose to make a meal at home, the preparation of the meal could be a group effort. If you choose to go out, select a restaurant that would be able to cater to those who are observing the season by fasting. If you would like to fellowship further after the meal, by all means do so.

As we journey through Lent together, may we realize the value of meeting God in community.

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