The church season of Lent marks the 40 days leading up to Holy Week and the celebration of our Lord’s resurrection.  The word ‘Lent’ comes from an old Anglo Saxon word meaning “lengthening,” as in the lengthening of days.  As spring approaches, daylight is longer, and new life emerges.  Lent is a time of spiritual renewal and reflection on how we live God’s grace in our lives.

In the 40 days of Lent, we are invited to take up the discipline of faith so that we might experience a closer walk with God in Christ.  The discipline of Lent includes a renewed commitment to the study of scripture, a life of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to help the poor and those in need.  With the start of Lent (starting with Ash Wednesday on February 14th), we invite you to consider how you can live out your faith through Lenten activities being offered at Concordia Church.

  1. The church youth group is continuing to gather donations for the homeless and needs your help.  Read more below about how you can assist with this important ministry.
  2. A ‘Gospel of Mark Bible Study’ will begin this Sunday, February 18th, at 9:00 A.M in the Fellowship Hall at Concordia Church on Seeley.  We will examine the key messages and ministry activities of Jesus Christ.  Mark is the oldest Gospel in the Bible, dating to the late 60’s, early 70’s and into the 1st century.
  3. Almsgiving is encouraged as a part of our Lenten discipline – generously giving to the needs of others as a thanksgiving for God’s generosity shown to us.  Inspired by our youth’s outreach ministry, the Concordia Church Council has designated this year’s Almsgiving – the collecting of loose change and offerings during the season of Lent – to support the youth’s project to help the homeless.  Each week in Lent, you are invited to bring a loose offering and place it in a large collection bowl that will be located in both sanctuaries. Read more about the youth project by clicking here.

May the discipline of Lent be a source of renewal in your faith and the experience of a closer walk with God.