Join us at NDC for the season of Lent. If you’re new to church or Christianity, Lent can sound a bit strange. But followers of Jesus have found incredible meaning in this season for over 1500 years. We think it is one of the best opportunities to explore your spiritual journey and pursue wholeness and healing in life.
WHAT IS LENT?
The death and resurrection of Jesus are at the heart of our faith, and Good Friday and Easter Sunday are two of the most significant celebrations of the Christian year. Lent is a season of preparation and repentance during which we anticipate Jesus’ sacrifice for us. Just as we carefully prepare for big events in our personal lives—such as a wedding, graduation, or moving to a new city—Lent invites us to make our hearts ready for remembering Jesus’ passion and celebrating Jesus’ resurrection.
The practice of a forty-day preparation period began in the Christian church during the third and fourth centuries. The number forty carries biblical significance based on the forty years Israel spent in the wilderness and Jesus’ forty-day fast in the wilderness. The forty days of Lent begin on Ash Wednesday (March 6) and continue through holy week (until April 21). These forty days do not include Sundays, which are considered ‘feast days’ for celebration and worship. But the overall focus of the season of Lent is a time of repentance, renewal, and turning to God.
ENCOUNTERS WITH JESUS IN THE BOOK OF LUKE
This year during Lent we will follow along with Jesus’ life through the Gospel of Luke. We’ll read passages of Luke through the week and on Sundays we’ll highlight encounters that Jesus had with people during his life. We’ll look to these encounters to discover what insight they provide for our life. If you’d like a devotional resource to use that will guide you as you read, we suggest N.T. Wright’s Lent for Everyone, Luke.
GIVING UP AND TAKING UP
As is our practice during Lent at NDC, we encourage you to consider practices of “giving up and taking up.” To help we’ve created this simple one-page guide with a calendar of suggested activities as well as a deeper explanation of giving up and taking up. Another resource you might want to take up is listening to this special Spotify playlist with songs chosen to help you focus on the themes of Lent.
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES FOR LENT AND EASTER
- Ash Wednesday Service – Wednesday, March 6 at 7pm at NDC
- Lenten Sunday Services – March 10, 17, 24, 31, and April 7 at 9am at NDC
- Good Friday Service – Friday, April 19 at 7:30pm at NDC
- Easter Services – Sunday, April 21 at 6:30am (with special breakfast to follow) and 9am at NDC