The Journey of Lent

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
Luke 4:18-19

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Lent is a season of promise - we have ever before us the coming of Jesus' resurrection on Easter Sunday. Jesus is the one who in the glorious words of Isaiah will "proclaim good news to the poor," "bind up the brokenhearted," and "proclaim freedom for the captives" (Isaiah 61:1 NIV). But Lent is also a season of repentance. Isaiah continues in 61:8, "For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing."

Lent is an ideal time to not only press into prayer and our relationship with Jesus, but also to explore what it means to love the justice of the Lord and to consider whether there is any injustice in the way we live.  For those who have experienced injustice in their own lives, Lent can be a part of a healing process as we follow Christ's journey through suffering and passion into resurrection. It is a season for lamenting the brokenness we have experienced in our lives and in the world.

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Our devotional

Join our community as we walk through the Lenten season together.

Mid-week gatherings

Join us for our mid-week gatherings held on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm, starting February 22nd.

Putting it into practice

We believe the Lord doesn't want to just do stuff in us, but He also wants to do things through us. Lent is an opportunity walk out our faith. 

Our devotional this season

A Just Passion

With selections from a diverse range of books from InterVarsity Press, A Just Passion has been curated to hold in tension the immense weight and hope of the Lenten season. This collection of short readings, breath prayers, and Scripture passages from the First Nations Version guides readers through a six-week journey of repentance, lament, worship, and healing.

You can purchase a copy of this devotional from our church for a discounted amount of $7. You can pay here and pick up your copy on Sunday morning or during office hours.

Mid-week gatherings

During Lent we will be having special mid-week gatherings on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm. Similar to our Advent services, these times are contemplative times to pause, pray, and receive the Lord's Supper with others, in community. These services will last about 45 minutes. We hope that you'll join us, starting Wednesday, February 22nd. Unable to join us in person? You can stream the service from our Live Page.

Putting it into practice

In her Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, Adele Calhoun defines justice as follows: "Justice seeks to help others through correcting and redressing wrongs. It treats others fairly and shows no favoritism." She says that justice has at its root the desire "to love others by seeking their good." She offers the following practices that we might consider as we seek to live out a call to justice. Alongside our reading and gathering, we invite you to consider which of these practices - either giving something up or taking up a new practice - will support you in the desire to focus on both God and neighbor.
  • Being responsible to God and others
  • Being a good steward of what you own
  • Supporting just causes with time, action, and financial support
  • Treating others impartially and fairly
  • Providing for the poor, needy, and oppressed through the means available to you
  • Volunteering for prison ministry, food-bank work, and ministries that serve needs in the local community
  • Refusing to buy products of companies that take advantage of the poor

As a community...

One way that we will be practicing this together is through taking part in Convoy of Hope's "One Day to Feed the World" - a special offering that we'll receive on Palm Sunday that goes toward addressing the crisis of world hunger and malnourishment.