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40-day season

40-day season

Guest Blogger: Hope Ledbetter, Pastoral Intern

Wednesday marked the beginning of lent, a 40-day season in which we set aside time for spiritual preparation leading up to Easter. This is a long-standing practice in the church that is marked by repentance and reflection.

Saint Augustine, a Bishop of the early church, famously wrote, “our heart is restless until we find rest in God.” I love that this line, because it reminds me that in the midst of re-orienting my own heart, that true rest can only be found in God.

In the midst of this season, we are invited into ancient and new practices alike. Some of us, may choose to give up habits that we turn to instead of turning to God. For others of us, this lent may look like finding ways to rehearse God’s love for us in new ways in this season.

Though we often give up or take on new practices individually, repentance has historically been a communal act. Here at 519, we have lots of opportunities to communally participate this Lent. We will be reflecting together about what we believe in our sermon series called “Creed.” Each Sunday, we will gather for prayer before the service, and we will have a weekly study on the “Creed” book that we wi ll be preaching through this Lent. Additionally, if you are king to serve this Lent, we have lots of opportunities on our “519 Serves” page on our website where you can connect to organizations in our community and serve alongside one another. Peace to each of you in this season!

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