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Resources for Lent 2022

Resources for Lent 2022

  1. "In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer). This Lent, the United Thank Offering is offering a 40-day Lenten gratitude journal. Each week we ’ll look at an area of your life and world and take time to notice all the ways that god shows up through the people or places you encounter.
  2. The United Thank Offering has also created a guide for at-home Lenten practices for children. While children clearly can grasp right from wrong, the idea of repentance can be challenging. One of the things that we can help children focus on is noticing the good things that happen and seeing God amid our daily lives. Lenten Gratitude Practices for Children and Families: UTO and Growing Gratefulness offers lessons about gratitude, discussion questions and crafts to do at home.
  3. This Lenten season Living Compass is offering a daily email devotional, Living Well Through Lent 2022: Letting Go With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind. "Lent is a time for introspection and self-reflection, a time to reflect on the core of what it means to live a Christian life in the midst of great change and uncertainty. When facing change and uncertainty, few practices are more central to that life than letting go so that we are freer to receive the gifts God has to offer us" (Scott Stoner). The emails will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022. You can sign up to receive the devotions on their website: https://www.livingcompass.org/lent-signup.
  4. Preparing to Become the Beloved Community: Organized around the four sections of the Becoming Beloved Community labyrinth (telling the truth, repairing the breach, practicing the way, proclaiming the dream), this Lent curriculum can help your small group or congregation to engage in racial reconciliation and reflect on Jesus’ coming among us. 
  5. For Creation Care: Climate Church, Climate World is a compelling book to engage people and congregations in the imperative of why churches need to lead on climate care. The Rev. Jim Antal has devoted his ministry to this challenge and opportunity to learn why, how, and where we can make a difference in caring for our earthly home. The book has nine chapters with discussion questions at the end of each. It’s an effective tool for getting people engaged in the movement of climate justice and climate care.
  6. From Episcopal Migration Ministries: Join us for the Lenten Virtual Borderlands Experience series, staring March 10 and continuing on Thursday evenings, at 6 pm CT. This is an opportunity to participate in a Lenten journey that brings you face to face with the injustices experienced by individuals and families who are seeking refuge as they attempt to enter the US with hope for a better life. Our presenters include individuals involved in immigration ministry and advocacy, as well as the immigrants themselves who have personally experienced the impact and trauma of our national immigration policies. Free registration here: https://zoom.us/.../tJAqcuiurz4uGtY43hJDbc3PYt7B3ddeaGva
  7. Zion, Oconomowoc has two offerings available that are open to anyone in the diocese. The Anglican Rosary for Lent is offered Monday through Friday, at 8 a.m. To join the prayer: https://bit.ly/RosaryZoom. For prayer sheet handouts: https://bit.ly/ZionLentRosary2022. Secondly, you are welcome to participate in the Online Stations of the Cross on Fridays at noon. To join online: https://bit.ly/StationsAtNoon. For a copy of the handouts: https://bit.ly/ZionStationsHandouts




 

Posted by Sara Bitner

Lenten Resources for Home Use

Lent will begin this next week with Ash Wednesday on February 17.  We've compiled several resources for you that are especially well-suited for at-home use this year. 

Life Transformed – The Way of Love in Lent

The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death; then, we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, communities are invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life. Together, we will reflect anew on the loving actions of God as recounted in the Easter Vigil readings. Together, we will walk through the depths of salvation history into the fullness of redemption. 

Click here to access an Adult Forum curriculum, a Quiet Day curriculum, calendars and posters. 

Living Well Through Lent 2021: Listening with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind

Designed for use as an individual reflection or for group study, this Living Compass resource is a daily devotional that provides a foundation for seeking a deeper experience of Lent, an experience that will help prepare us for the true meaning of Easter. Available in both print and electronic editions here. A free downloadable facilitator guide for group use is also available. To learn more or to order, visit: https://www.livingcompass.org/lent

Lent Madness 2021

Lent Madness, the Lenten activity that allows you to get to know some amazing people who have come before us in the faith, begins Thursday, February 18. Thirty-two saints are placed in a tournament-style single-elimination bracket. Download the bracket, sign up for email updates and learn more by visiting https://www.lentmadness.org/.

You can also fill out a bracket online on this Lent Madness fan site: https://www.playlentmadness.com/.

Reflections on the Stations of the Cross 

Episcopal Migration Ministries offers an audio compilation of its Reflections on the Stations of the Cross. This resource is appropriate for prayer at home and in congregations. The audio compilation features the liturgy of the Way of the Cross from the Book of Occasional Services, alongside meditations on each station. Thank you for praying with us. If you’d like to follow along, you may request the Reflections booklet here

You can also sign up to receive daily devotions from Episcopal Migration Ministries. They will be sent to your email daily. 

Journey to the Cross with d365

The d365 devotions are written by ministers, professors, students, teachers, missionaries, denominational leaders, and others who work with and care for students. These devotions are available year-round, but they offer a special Journey to the Cross series from Ash Wednesday through Easter.

 

Lent at Home Benedictine Practice

The Diocese of Northern Michigan created a Lent at Home booklet in the style of Benedictine Prayer, with adaptations of two of the “lesser hours” said during the day in the Benedictine tradition: Terce (said around 9:00 a.m.) and None (said around 3:00 p.m.).

Care for the Creation Ideas

Fast from Single-Use Plastics

Challenge yourself to turn from the sin of damaging God’s planet and work to preserve the earth. Green Anglicans offers several challenges to help you learn where you can make sacrifices and improve our attempt to protect and nurture Mother Earth through actions such as fasting from single-use plastics and carbons or reducing our food waste. Find more information and calendars with activities and actions here.

Track your Carbon Footprint

Another way you can develop more mindfulness about how your lifestyle and choices that you make impact the environment this Lent is to track your carbon footprint. The Carbon Tracker from The Episcopal Church is a web-based application that helps individuals, households, congregations, and even dioceses to measure their carbon footprint and take steps to shrink it to fit a sustainable life.  Click here for access to the carbon tracker.

 

A Lenten Message from Bishop Miller

Dear Friends in Christ,

As we begin to walk the way of Lent this year, I found myself drawn to the words of the first two verses of Hymn #142.

Lord, who throughout these forty days for us didst fast and pray,
Teach us with thee to mourn our sins and close by thee to stay
As thou with Satan didst contend and didst the victory win
O Give us strength in thee to fight in thee to concur sin.

I hear in these words an echo of our Presiding Bishop’s Invitation for Lent 2020: A Call to Prayer, Fasting and Repentance leading to action. I encourage you to read his letter and consider its invitation.

 I also hear in this hymn a reminder that Lent is not first and foremost about guilt but rather sanctification. Repentance is re-direction, re-minding, and re-training under the guidance of the Spirit. The purpose of Lenten observance is not seasonal holiness but participation in God’s process of making us more and more into the people we are destined to be. We pray for grace to fight and conquer sin in our lives so that we may know the truth the Apostle Paul sets forth in the Letter to the Romans that “in all things we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The lessons we learn in Lent are meant to carry through to the Easter Life. The lessons learned in the Lenten desert are to empower us for service to God, just as our Lord’s forty days in the desert prepared him for his public ministry.

My prayer is that this holy season will be for us all a season of renewed faith and devotion.

Yours in Christ,

Bishop Steven A. Miller

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