Lenten project: Living the Questions through Lent
Lent, the season of the Christian Year that is typically observed as a time of simple living, prayer and fasting leading up to Easter, begins next week, on Ash Wednesday [March 5, 2014]. Some spend the time in self-examination and reflection as modeled by Jesus in Matthew 4: 1-11 where he prayed and fasted for 40 days before beginning his ministry. What happened during those 40 days of fasting and praying in the wilderness? Our friends at the Upper Room say that maybe Jesus needed some time with God to sort through the major changes happening in his life. Maybe he needed a break from family, friends and his regular routine in order to see God [and himself] more clearly. Maybe he sought more time with God as he searched for direction and answers to the question that we, too have from time to time: “What are you calling me to do, God?”
We, too are invited to this time of introspection.
As we journey through this season of Lent, some will choose to give up something. Some will go about their lives as they typically do. Some will choose to be more reflective.
Whatever your practices this season, might you consider joining us in this weekly practice? Share with the community how you’ve responded to each theme for the week. No explanation needed, unless you want to.
Here’s how it’s going to work: Every Sunday, we’ll post a theme that we’re asking you to sit with that week. As you think about the questions and images revealed in that theme, share them with us on social media using the # for that week. Perhaps you’ll share a photo of how that topic speaks to you. Or maybe it’s a Vine or Instagram video you created. Whatever it is, we hope these 40 days of Lent will be a time to open your eyes and heart to what’s already at work around you.
Tag us on your instagram photos with @rethinkchurch or on twitter [@umrethinkchurch] with #rethinkchurch and #40days. We’d also love for you to share your photos on our Pinterest board! We’ll be pinning what you share [as much as we can keep up] on our Pinterest page, so check back regularly to see what others have shared!
This project is hopefully more about the practice of paying attention and being intentional, than it is being the best artist [though we encourage you to get creative!]. If you don’t have instagram or twitter, we’d still love for you to share your reflections. Just share them on your facebook page and tag us, or post them on our facebook wall.
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Let’s start this 40-day journey together, sharing glimpses of our lives with one another. Let this be an intentional time, even for a few minutes a day, to pause, remember and reflect.
How do you participate?
The questions are posted in the image above. The scripture and reflections will be posted every Sunday morning, but for those of you who like to plan, we’ll update this page so you can have those in advance, too.
How do you connect to this project online?
Instagram [#rethinkchurch #40days]
Sign up for weekly text or email reminders for the weekly question [with a verse and reflection if you want something to reflect on throughout the day].