Resources for the Season of Lent

Resources for the Season of Lent

Each ‘season’ of the church calendar is a great opportunity to examine how well your church has been doing proclaiming the whole counsel of God in preaching, prayer and song.  The season of lent traditionally meditates on the sufferings of Jesus, especially considering the narrative arc from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion.  The forty days of Lent begin on Ash Wednesday (Feb25) and continue through holy week (not counting Sundays).  The origins of the practice of observing a ‘lenten’ season began in the Christian church in the third and fourth centuries – and historically included the instruction of persons for baptism and profession of faith on Easter Sunday.  It is a great time to explore and deepen “baptismal spirituality” that centers on our union with Christ rather than only an extended meditation on Christ’s suffering and death.   In the language of the Westminster Confession (wlc_167) we can act on the duty of “improving” our baptism – particularly by drawing strength from the story of Jesus’s death and resurrection that we re-tell and focus on during this season.

Some ideas in this are “Reprinted by permission from The Worship Sourcebook, © 2004, CRC Publications.”

Biblical Texts:
Baptized into Christ Jesus and his death – Romans 6:1-14
Children of God and fellows heirs with Christ – Romans 8:12-17
Crucified with Christ – Galatians 2:19-21
Baptized and put on Christ – Galatians 3:27-29
Seated with Him in the heavenlies – Ephesians 2:4-20
One body, one spirit, on Lord, one faith, one baptism – Ephesians 4:1-6
Raised and made alive with him through faith – Colossians 2:9-3:7

Create in me a clean heart, O God – Psalm 51
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord – Psalm 130

You can read a lot more in our 2010 Blog Post

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