The Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, and it lasts until the Saturday before Easter Day. The last week of Lent is called Passion Week, which includes both Maundy Thursday (the institution of the Lord’s Supper) and Good Friday (the crucifixion of our Lord). Reminiscent of Jesus’ fasting for forty days in the wilderness, the Lenten season lasts forty days (not counting Sundays).
Lent is a time to ask God to confront our own mortality and sinfulness; to ask Him to show us our need for grace; to grow in repentance; and, to reflect on the amazing truth of the Church’s participation in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
For this year, our readings come from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL).
West End Presbyterian Church is using the Scripture readings recommended by the Lectionary as a framework for our corporate worship and our personal and family devotion. This project is part of WEPC’s 25th Anniversary Year, began in December 2018 and will run through November 2019. The Lectionary gives us access to the whole counsel of Scripture and these texts are a means for us to grow in our understanding of our union with Christ.
The RCL is a three-year cycle of Scripture readings broadly used by Protestant churches. We’ll use the cycle known as Year C. These cycles are built around the seasons of the Church Year. During first half of the cycle, we’ll follow the earthly ministry of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit to His Church. The second half of the year, we’ll focus on Christ’s Mission through His Church. The selections are Old Testament, Psalm, Epistle, and Gospel readings from the ESV translation of the Bible.
Using the Lectionary can get complicated for those new to the practice. We’ll take a very simple approach. The RCL centers on our gathered worship each Sunday, and the daily readings help us prepare for (Thursday-Saturday) and reflect on (Monday-Wednesday) each Sunday’s service of worship.
May you be amazed at the grace of God as you see the truth that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. May we all be conformed more and more to the likeness of Jesus Christ.