Monday, March 14, 2011

Lent 2011 Is Underway - Get Connected Online

Yesterday, we kicked off Lent @ ECV. If you weren't able to be there, please check out the talk online; it'll help you get a sense of where we're headed during this season. You can also send the talk around to other folks who you'd like to invite to be a part of our Lenten "faith experiment."

We also distributed a written guide to the various things that we'll be doing during Lent. You can check that out online as well.

In the guide, you'll find a more in depth invitation into the things we're doing during Lent:
  • Engaging in Spiritual Practices: The talk on Sunday kicked off this series on the intentional ways that we can invest in relationship with God, in the spiritual life we desire. Join us each Sunday as we learn about "The Spiritual Life and How to Get It."
  • Reading the Bible: During Lent, the ECV Bible Guide will be leading us through the life of Moses, one of the great heroes of the bible, a man with a deep spiritual life, called by scripture a friend of God. I have great hope that God will really meet us as we read scripture together. Check out the bible guide online. You can also sign up to receive daily emails with the day's reading along with some thoughts and suggestions for prayer or download weekly pdfs (including, this week, a more extensive introduction to the bible guide).
  • Praying for:
    • One thing you'd like to see God do in your life. Think of one thing that it'd take God to do in your life that you'd like to see happen and commit to praying for it during this season. Every year we do this, we see prayers answered in amazing ways.
    • Six folks you'd like to experience more of God's blessing in their lives. This week, ask God for whom you ought to pray. There's a worksheet for this as part of the orientation guide.
    • The children and families of our city. As we’ve been preparing for this season, asking God what we ought to pray for, God has led us really clearly to pray for the children and families of our city and to pray specifically that more and more kids would be added to our church and encounter God in ECV Sprouts. The best way to love a family is by loving their kids. Perhaps the best way for us to love our city is to love the kids of our city. Want to pray about this together? Join Hannah and me at our place (47 Dyer St) Thursdays at 9:30pm during Lent to pray together and see how God leads is in this. 
In summary:
I'm excited to see what God has in store for us in this season.

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