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Daily Thoughts & Practices for a Glorious Lent

A series of thoughts/practices/prompts, one for each day of Lent. It’s a beautiful balance of the divine and ordinary; the sublime and the every-day.

Activity for Lent: Lord’s Prayer Tracing Cross

An activity for all ages, the Lords Prayer Tracing Cross is visual and tactile way to deepen prayer experience. Try it this Lent at church or home.

Building Faith Does Lent: 9 Helpful Posts

9 previous Lent posts for congregations and home full of reflection, liturgy, music, prayers and devotionals for the season.

Books and Music for Lent: Paraclete Press

As the calendar draws near to Lent, many churches and individuals are looking for books and resources for the journey. Paraclete Press has new offerings for Lent, as well as trusted favorites. From books to CDs… children to adults… there is something for everyone.

Building Faith Does Ash Wednesday: 8 Helpful Posts

“Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth.” Building Faith offers ideas and inspiration for Ash Wednesday and Shrove Tuesday.

New Lenten Study: 5 Marks of Love

If we are ‘marked as Christ’s own,’ what are the ‘marks of love’ that characterize the Divine Life abiding and at work within us? The Brothers of SSJE’s Lenten workbook for 2017.

Webinar: Planning for Lent

Your invited to this free webinar on planning for Lent. Big picture thinking and practical ideas with Matthew Kozlowski, Krista Lovell, and Sue Van Oss.

The Spiritual Side of Decluttering

Decluttering, or tidying-up, creates in our homes a clean slate. By ridding ourselves of excess stuff, we have more of ourselves to give others.

On Ash Wednesday, The Power of Scripture

From Joel to Matthew, the Scripture in the Ash Wednesday service resonates with power. Here are our top 5 favorites.

Group Activities for Lent: Prayer Loom and Prayer Net

Lenten group activities are intergenerational, flexible, and interactive. The Prayer Loom and the Prayer Net are two of our most popular experiential prayer activities.

Ash Wednesday at Home: Fire and Ashes

Bring the household together with a fire, confess and burn sins, share marshmallows. Honor the beginning of Lent with an Ash Wednesday tradition.

Guiding Teenagers in Lent: Give Up on Giving Up?

Teenagers may trivialize Lent, or over-intensify it. Adults can help teens set goals for spiritual growth, not be afraid of failure, and draw closer to God.

Creative Ideas for Children’s Ash Wednesday

Interactive and age appropriate worship ideas to help children understand and experience Ash Wednesday and Holy Week.

Lenten Books and Devotions for Adults 2016

Looking for Lenten books or devotions for adults? Check out these resources for Lent, from five different publishers.

Lenten Books and Devotions for Children/Families 2016

Five Christian publishing houses offer their latest Lenten resources for children and families.

Daily Devotions and Guides for Lent 2015

Still searching for a daily discipline during Lent? The six links below offer daily meditations, prayer prompts, and activities for individual and family.

This Lent, Add Instead of Subtract

Whatever you choose – adding or subtracting – the point is to do something that feeds your soul without draining your energy or making you resent the time. Be realistic, keep it simple and enjoy!

Burning Palms to Ashes with the Confirmation Class

For Ash Wednesday, Christians often burn the palms from the previous Palm Sunday. What happens when you invite your confirmation class to help?

The Church Has Many Doors: Inviting Others to Lent

So…invite people to Lent! I know it seems a bit counter-intuitive, but it isn’t really. What do all the studies tell us that people in the U.S. want from religion or spirituality? They want a sense of mystery, silence, a connection to God and connections to others. How can you open your many doors and offer this to your community during Lent?

Creating a Lenten Prayer Space at Home

In a family with small children it is often difficult to know how to create a space to journey through lent together in a developmentally appropriate way. Our family has tried different practices and readings through lent, but the one thing that has been constant in our Lenten practices is simply creating a collection of symbolic items in a central place in the home (i.e. on the family table or on a stand in a main living area).