At Calvary we do not prescribe specific Lenten practices. However, we do find self-reflection and spiritual disciplines can be helpful for deepening faith and accepting God’s love and forgiveness during the season of Lent.
The following are ideas you may consider, which are adapted, in part, from the Presbyterian Mission Agency Lent 101:
You may find it meaningful to give something up for Lent.
The idea of giving something up for Lent came out of a tradition of fasting, when fasting—abstaining from food as an act of discipline in solidarity with others in the community—was used to raise one’s spiritual consciousness and empty oneself before God. Fasting or giving up something for Lent can be a good way to explore a deeper expression of faith and love of God.
You may find a valuable spiritual exercise in taking something on during Lent.
Maybe you choose to take on a more Christ-like attitude toward others, a humble spirit at work, a renewed focus on a particular mission or service project in the community, or developing a feeling of gratitude in the midst of scarcity.
You may choose to more fully participate in church activities.
At Calvary, we hope you will feel welcome at any time to join in worship, Wednesday prayer and communion and the Christian education programs we offer during Lent.
You may want to find quiet time alone for prayer and reflection.
Taking time on your own for prayer and reflection can be a spiritually satisfying activity. To assist you, you are always welcome to select one of the devotional or other written resources available in the church library or take quiet time in the Calvary Chapel or other area that brings you comfort.
However you choose to move through Lent, we encourage you to take this time to experience the many benefits of deepening your own faith and connecting more deeply to your understanding that, wherever you are and whatever you are going through, you are never alone.
God’s love is abundant and unconditional for you and for everyone.