Lent & Holy Week at Apostles

Ash Wednesday (March 6) marks the beginning of the season of Lent — a time of seeking God’s forgiveness, fasting and prayer, in preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. Lent lasts forty days which reminds us of the Lord’s time of fasting in the wilderness. On Ash Wednesday we receive the mark of ashes on our foreheads. In the Bible, ashes are used as a sign of sorrow and repentance.

As followers of Jesus we acknowledge that we have disobeyed and rebelled against God. Apart from God, the giver of life, we are all destined to die — “you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19). But as we are marked with ashes we are reminded of the life we share in Jesus Christ.

It is in this sure hope that we begin the journey of these forty days, that by hearing and answering our Savior’s call to repent, we may enter fully into the joyful celebration of his resurrection.

Special Lenten CoursE “Get Low” with author Jack Wisdom

Sundays, March 10 - April 7
Education Building, 9-9:45am (Childcare available)

The way of Jesus is the way of humility. This Lent we want to consider Jesus’ revolutionary invitation to a life of humility and how it can transform our perspective of God, ourselves, and others. Join us for this five-part series by Jack Wisdom based on his book Get Low

Schedule

Ash Wednesday, March 6
Noon-1pm (no childcare)
7pm (childcare available)

“Get Low” Class with Jack Wisdom, March 10-April 7
9am-9:45am, Ed Building (childcare available)

Church in the Park/Palm Sunday, April 14
10am Worship at Milroy Park
11:30am Easter Hunt and Lunch

Maundy Thursday, April 18
7pm (childcare available)

Good Friday, April 19
7pm (childcare available)

Easter Sunday, April 21
6:30am (Sunrise), Heights campus
10am Worship (childcare available)

Fasting & PRayer during Lent

Fasting is a willing abstention from eating food, drinking or other forms of consumption, to make space in our souls to feast on Jesus. The Old and New Testaments are full of examples of people who fasted and Jesus taught on fasting and expected his followers to take up this practice (Matt 6:16).

In one sense, fasting is way to pray with your whole body. After all, you are not simply a spirit in a body; you are a spirit and a body. The discipline of fasting draws our attention to both our spiritual and our physical being. In fasting, the great hunger of the heart and mind for God permeates the body itself.

Fasting also softens our hearts and fosters an internal intimacy, a quiet space, in which God’s voice has more room. God is relational. Like any other intimate relationship, we hear one another better when we focus our entire person on the other. Fasting is not a hunger strike, but it is a way of expressing to God our hunger for him to move in our life and our community. 

Here are types of fasts you might try:

  1. Partial Fast: Cut out part of your diet such as sugar/desserts, alcohol, meat, caffeine, or dairy products for the entire duration of Lent (except Sundays). Chose something that has an inordinate hold on your life.

  2. Whole Fast: Choose a challenging weekly practice of skipping entire meals, from 1 meal a week to 1-2 days per week. You still need to take in enough water and calories to sustain energy without satisfying hunger. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are common days that believers practice the Whole Fast. (You can continue this practice on Fridays throughout the year as a way to remember Jesus’ death and commune with him on the way to your resurrection.)

  3. Partial “Media” Fast: Choose to abstain from modern distractions that have an inordinate hold on your imagination, such as social media, screen-based entertainment, or the news.

PRAYER is participating in the life of God talking with and listening to him, whether in solitude or in common worship. Christians often pray using the Scriptures, especially the Psalms. In Lent our prayers take on a tone of repentance and contrition. Specifically, you could try to memorize and pray all or party of Psalm 51 or you could take up the simple practice of praying “Jesus, Savior, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!” throughout the day.

Also, find ways to pray with others–whether as we gather on Sundays, with your LifeGroup, or with family and friends around the dinner table.