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Lent and Easter

A gathering of features and other resources centered on the Lenten season. Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, is a period of 40 days, not including Sundays, that precede Easter.


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AshesFirst Sunday of Lent: February 21, 2010

by Rev. Kathleen K. Masters
"Serve God with absolute single-heartedness." (Luke 4:8b) Absolute single-hearted service ... how does one do that? What does single-hearted service mean to me? Or to you?


The dove represents peace.Sin, Sackcloth, and the Spirit: Ash Wednesday Reflection

by Glory E. Dharmaraj
2/17/10: The Lenten journey, which starts on Ash Wednesday signals a lengthened time set apart for spiritual health practices in the days to come.


Children of the Cookson Hills Cherokee community.Alive Forevermore: Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010

by Rev. Meri Whitaker
"Alive, alive, alive forevermore! My Jesus is alive, alive forevermore." A 2 1/2-year-old nephew teaches a missionary what it means to have childlike faith.


Lenten reflections for 2009


Sunrises bring hope and a fresh start to each new day.Stepping into the World at Easter

Edward W. Paup, Global Ministries General Secretary
4/11/09: This year's message is a reminder that Christ's love is everywhere - even at the bus station.

Love, Sacrifice, and Forgiveness Easter, April 12, 2009

by Nazgul William
Away from my home country, I keep tuned to Pakistan news, since my parents, siblings and their children, many relatives, and friends live there. From childhood I observed the tensions between India and Pakistan, which were once a united nation where overall people lived peacefully and respectfully.


God-Given Identity: First Sunday in Lent, Sunday, March 1, 2009

by Cathy Whitlatch
In Mark's account of Jesus' baptism, Jesus "saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, 'You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.'" God poured God's self through the torn heavens--identifying Jesus as God's own.


Pilgrimages for Peace (UMW): Ash Wednesday, February 25, 2009

by Lyda Pierce
They left their families, their homes and their jobs. They left communities where they felt safe, where they knew the language, where the streets were familiar such that they could find their way to buy groceries while thinking about something else. They came to a place where the people spoke a different language; where it didn’t matter if you could find the grocery store as its shelves where nearly empty; where they would find young soldiers with automatic weapons on the street corners; and where the occasional boom of a supersonic spy plane would rattle the buildings and send people running for cover.


Fasting as an Act of Hope: Ash Wednesday, February 25, 2009

by Dan Randall
Ash Wednesday, Lent, and fasting often conjure up ideas of sorrow, rebellion, and repentance. But Jesus opens a new angle on fasting in Matthew, reminding us that pursuing God--and not merely the trappings of worship--remains an ever-changing, God-centered process. As Jesus addresses the crowd, he encourages holiness and challenges hubris, reminding them that they live in community and belong to a great story.


We Know that God Still Goes that Road with Us: Second Sunday in Lent, March 8, 2009

by Miguel Arenas-Herrera
The encounter with Christ radically changes someone's life. Nevertheless, there are certain conditions to following Jesus. Peter didn't understand Jesus' plan when He spoke to him about suffering on the cross. Peter had accepted Jesus as the Messiah, but he didn't accept him as a suffering Messiah. As a result of that, Jesus described his path to the cross and the meaning of it for the life of his disciples.


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