Many Ways to Observe and Experience Lent

What is Lent?

“Lent” is mostly known in our culture as a time to give up something good; however, it’s really far more meaningful and life-giving than that! Originally, it was a time for adults to prepare for Baptism at the Easter (Eve) Vigil service. After adult baptism became rare in the church, Lent still offered Christians the occasion to re-orient themselves in their baptismal identity. At heart, Lent is about seeing that we need forgiveness, and that God forgives us. For Lutherans in particular, Lent isn’t a season of sacrifice, but rather, a gift of time by which God re orients us: from selfcentered, insecure people into forgiven, other-centered people.

Fastnacht, Tuesday, 2/13, 6:30pm – for adults & children
Fastnacht (the German word for “Mardi Gras”) is a celebration before the somber season of Lent begins the next day. On Tuesday night we eat pancakes & donuts for dinner and then burn last year’s palms from Palm Sunday to make ashes for the next day’s worship service. Please sign up if you can help prepare food, set up or clean up.

Ash Wednesday Service Moorestown NJAsh Wednesday, 2/14, 7:30pm
As always, ashes are optional. We begin Lent being mindful of our mortality and returning to God’s mercy and grace.

Devotion booklet for adults and youth, “You are the Way”
Pick up a devotion booklet that explores one or more “I am” sayings of Jesus during each week in Lent. Each reading is accompanied by a photo, a quote to ponder, reflection, and prayer.

Devotions for young children
Spark family magazines with guided Lenten Bible stories, activities and prayers are sent to families with children from 3 years to 4th grade.

Lenten Vespers, Wednesdays 7:30 – 8pm
“The Ten Commandments: Trusting God and Loving Neighbor”
We use the Candlelight vespers service in our hymnal through which we look to the light of Christ to scatter the darkness, even as we anticipate the final resurrection when all of creation will be made new.

  • 1st: God made a decision about you
  • 2nd-3rd: God gives you his name to use & God promises to speak to you through the Word
  • 4th: God protects you through parents (& all authorities)
  • 5th-8th: God protects: life, love relationships, what he makes, and your name
  • 9th–10th: God protects us from ourselves