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What Christians Get Wrong About Lent

On Ash Wednesday, a look at what Lent is really about.

This is an excerpt of an article written by Zachary K. Perkins for Relevant Magazine on March 5, 2014.

Freelance writer, blogger, full-time husband and father of three. Zach is also co-founder of Theologues.com, a website for Christians to grow in learning about their faith. You can find him on Twitter or his blog.


When I was a little kid, I remember asking my parents what “Lent” meant. I had seen the word placed on a sign outside of a local Catholic church just above the words “Fish Fry.” The reply I received was that it was “a Catholic thing.” I didn’t know much about Catholics back then, so I mostly shrugged it off.

As I grew older, I saw more people talking about Lent. Even those who weren’t Catholic. Our own evangelical church even began to talk about fasting during Lent.

What draws Christians from different backgrounds into Lent? As Lent starts today, it’s time to evaluate the deeper meaning of Lent. I personally think we embrace Lent because we intuitively realize these rhythms of spiritual life are part of giving our lives in worship—they have been in the Church for ages.

Many of us think of Lent as a period where we give something up for God in order to honor His sacrifice on the Cross for us, which we commemorate on Easter. While this is partially true, it’s not exactly how the early Church saw Lent. It’s more about anticipating the full impact of Easter for the time we’re in now and when Christ returns.

Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/what-christians-get-wrong-about-lent#Lc5bSwYytCixbLbh.99 for the remainder of the article.

Holy Week and Easter 2013

Holy Week starts with Palm Sunday which commemorates crowds welcoming Jesus with loud Hosannas as He was entering Jerusalem. This is followed by Holy Thusday (Maundy Thursday) where he had his Last Supper, and after which he was betrayed. The result of the betrayal was Good Friday, where Jesus was crucified and died for our sins.

Then, Easter Sunday celebrates Jesus’ resurrection on the third day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday).

Our schedule of events is available on the Google CALENDAR.:

Sunday, March 24, 2013 – Palm Sunday

  • 9:45am: Sunday School (John Boggs Hall)
  • 10:30am: Choir Practice (Church)
  • 11:00am: Palm Sunday Service (Church)
  • 12:30pm~: Remainder of soup sale (John Boggs Hall)

Thursday, March 28, 2013 – Holy Thursday

  • 5:30pm: Pancake Supper (John Boggs Hall)
  • 7:00pm: Holy (Maundy) Thusday Service – with Communion (Church)

Friday, March 29, 2013 – Good Friday

  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm: Cluster Good Friday Service

Leesburg United Methodist Church (Facebook link)
8 Station Road
Leesburg, NJ 08327 (Address link)

Sunday, March 31, 2013 – Easter Sunday

  • 5:45am: Easter Sunrise Service (Meditation Garden) (A time for gathering and reflection)
  • 6:00am: Easter Sunrise Service (Begins)
  • 6:19am: Civil Twilight
  • 6:30am (approx.): Fellowship in John Boggs Hall
  • 6:46am: Sunrise
  • 9:45am: Sunday School
  • 10:30am: Choir Practice
  • 11:00am: Easter Sunday Service