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Lent | 2017
News for 02.20.17
02.20.17
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This year, Lent begins on Wednesday, March 1.

There are some, in various Christian traditions, that see Lent as an obligatory time of penance and fasting (for example, the Roman Catholic tradition binds Christians between the age of 14 and 60 to pursue fasting and abstinence during this time).

At SLPC, we do not highlight this season of Lent to bind your conscience! But we recognize that there are a variety of God-honoring tools that people use to build rhythms into their lives that are born out of the grace that God has poured out on them through the work of the Son and the transformation by His Spirit. If anything, we highlight Lent to help pastor you towards making much of Christ in and through your life! Even as the Apostle Paul wrote to the first century Roman church:

One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since she gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.

So, if you’re into the practice of Lent this year, consider that this 40-day spiritual journey is a season of preparation in which we anticipate the death (Good Friday) and resurrection (Easter Sunday) of Jesus. Lent then invites us to be ready for the coming of Jesus into our lives! Redeemer Presbyterian Church of Manhattan has offered this lenten guide to help others shape their lives around the risen Christ, we pray it would be of help to you as well.

If you’re someone who has happened onto our site who doesn’t follow Jesus, or if you’re trying to consider what this faith is all about, then consider exploring the meaning and the reality of the resurrection of Jesus, and the abundant life He has promised to give, by coming to a worship service with us some Sunday! There is no better time of the year to begin this journey than the season of Lent (from the Latin meaning "fortieth") which begins on March 1, 40 days before Easter.

 

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