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LENT WEEK 1 – 40 days of preparation time for Easter

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Grace Prayer

Lord, we long for a deeper understanding and knowing of You, Your life and sacrifice. Please prepare us

Becoming Fully Present

Pray the following prayer a few times, slowly for a minute: Lord, I long to know You, and be known by You

Input (Bible, quotes, stories)

Read:   Luke 5:27-32

After this he went out and saw a man named Levi at his work collecting taxes. Jesus said, “Come along with me.” And he did—walked away from everything and went with him.

Levi gave a large dinner at his home for Jesus. Everybody was there, tax men and other disreputable characters as guests at the dinner. The Pharisees and their religion scholars came to his disciples greatly offended. “What is he doing eating and drinking with crooks and ‘sinners’?”

Jesus heard about it and spoke up, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting outsiders, not insiders—an invitation to a changed life, changed inside and out.”

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday, Easter weekend. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation and preparing to begin his ministry.  Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.  Lent helps us to prepare our hearts for the fullness of the meaning of Easter.




Reflection Questions

Which character in the story of Luke can you identify with at the moment? What can you do this Lent to regain a sense of balance in your life? What holds you (or people in general) back from approaching Jesus, the doctor?

Training Exercise

Consider fasting something for the duration of Lent (e.g. coffee, social media, etc.)

Blessing for the week

May you become aware of God’s constant healing action in your life. And May you be filled with the courage to incorporate habits that will help to keep your heart open to God’s presence and love. Amen

Group Order of Meeting

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