Journeying through Lent

Wednesday, February 26 – Thursday, April 9

Reminded of our mortality by Wednesday’s ash, we embark on the 40 day journey of Lent. This journey is an opportunity to reflect on our brokenness and marvel at the deep love of our Savior. Lent is a preparation for the glory of redemption and resurrection.

Believers observe Lent in many ways: prayer, repentance, sacrificial giving, self-denial, or other spiritual disciplines. Just as Jesus prepared for ministry by spending 40 days in the desert, we mirror his journey of preparation in our own Lenten travels.

Below are opportunities to enrich your Lenten observance…opportunities for personal, family, and congregational observances. We hope you’ll join this journey towards spiritual renewal and resurrection.

Lent at Christ Church

Ash Wednesday, March 6th Noon & 7 p.m. | Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta, OHio
Lenten Offering - Grace Children's Hospital in Haiti | Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta, OHio
Lenten Holy Communion - Wednesdays at Noon | Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta, OHio
Lenten Study: Class Meeting - Wednesdays at Noon | Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta, OHio
Lenten Study: 40 Days of Doubt Devotions for the Skeptic - Thursdays at Noon | Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta, OHio


About Lent

What is Lent? Why do we participate in Lent? How can I make this season meaningful for me and my family?

These are common questions regarding this ancient practice of the church. The information and resources provided may help answer your questions and provide the tools for a meaningful Lent journey.

To learn more about the history, traditions and practices of Lent see UMC.org’s FAQs: Lent & Easter.

For a light-hearted video short-course on Lent, watch ChuckKnowsChurch Episode 14: Lent.

Lenten Prayer

Lent is a wonderful time to strive for a deeper prayer life. Adding a creative prayer practice can give you new confidence in prayer and invigorate your relationship with God. Joe Lovino’s article, Re-energize Your Prayer Life with a New Practice provides several ideas for renewed prayer during Lent.

This Ash Wednesday prayer from the Common Book of Prayer is a wonderful reflection for Lent, a prayer of repentance and of hope.

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Lenten Devotions

The United Methodist Discipleship Ministries offers an online Lenten Devotional: Food for the Soul: A Series of Lenten Meditations. These daily readings were written by members of prison congregations across the country. These brothers and sisters in the faith offer a unique view of the Lenten journey which is a blessing to the Body of Christ.

Another offering of UM Discipleship is a weekly family devotional. Each week provides a theme with questions and activities meant to be experienced in the multigenerational setting of a family. The program encourages spiritual disciplines, reflection, and renewal in preparation for Easter.

If you are looking for a Bible Reading plan for Lent, the Bible Gateway website offers a 40 day reading schedule covering all four gospels.