Lent at IPUMC

Lent began on March 1, Ash Wednesday. We have multiple resources to help you focus on your call to be a disciple of Jesus during this season.

The Sanctuary for Lent is a daily devotional for each day from Ash Wednesday to Easter. There is a brief scripture reading for each day followed by a brief mediation and sentence prayer. If you do not have a daily practice of personal Scripture reading and prayer, consider using one of these devotionals throughout these 40 days. We will also have a Love Life Live Lent Children’s Lenten devotional available as well. Love Life Live Lent offers 40 age-appropriate actions for each day of Lent to make the world a better place—locally, nationally, and globally.

Lenten Sermon Series: Living Our Baptism – Lent is often thought of as a time to give something up; a time to focus on more intentional practices of prayer, scripture reading and fasting. We often forget that this tradition comes from the early church practice of using the season of Lent as a time to prepare people to join the church. Early Christians were often baptized and received into church membership on Easter Sunday. For the forty days before Easter Sunday (not counting Sundays), those wishing to join the church on Easter would gather to receive instruction in the meaning and practice of baptism. So this year for Lent, Pastor Max has prepared a series of sermons around our practice of baptism, the promises God makes to us and we make to God in this sacrament. I hope this time will be a season for you to recommit to live your baptismal vows.

March 5: Remember Who You Are (Matthew 4.1-11)
March 12: Accept What God Gives You (John 3.1-17)
March 19: Confessing Our Faith (John 4.7-29)
March 26: Nurture One Another (John 9.1-16)
April 2: Believe (John 11.1-27)

Three Simple Rules is a book by bishop Reuben Job that outlines what the Methodist church teaches as the way of discipleship. Wesley summarized this as: 1) Do no harm. 2) Do good. and 3) Stay in love with God. through using the means of grace. This short little book is a great summary of what we ask members of our church to commit to as the core of Methodist teaching and practice. We have copies available for $5 at the church.

What is Lent?

Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent, the season of the church that leads up to Easter. Not totally sure what “Lent” is and why everyone’s talking about it? Lent is a season of the Christian Year when Christians focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God. Click here for more information on what Lent is and ideas you can try during this Lenten season.