Lent 2021

Image of dry palm leaf with text from Hebrews 12:1 "We must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely"
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Page updated 19 February 2021

Ash Wednesday

Friends, the season of Lent began on February 17th, with Ash Wednesday. Here is a recorded Ash Wednesday service produced by the Burlington, Elliot, and Bedford (NH) Presbyterian churches available to view any time at your convenience.

Lenten Devotions & Practices

We have several opportunities to engage in personal devotion and communal spiritual practices throughout the 40-day season of Lent. We encourage you to participate in one or more of the following:

While Lent is a time for prayer, fasting, service and contemplation, at the top of our list should be a prayer for the acquisition of peace. This year for the season of Lent, we invite you to reflect upon the gift of shalom, the Hebrew word for peace. In the Bible, shalom can be translated not only as peace, but also as tranquility, security, well-being, health, welfare, completeness and safety. How can we receive this gift of shalom and, in turn, bestow it upon the world? This devotion invites us to engage a different concept related to shalom each week through daily readings and prayer.

Marylou Lynn is leading a Lenten study, with Women’s Bible Study on Thursday mornings, and a Monday evening group using Lent in Plain Sight: A Devotion Through Ten Objects. This devotional invites readers to open themselves to the kingdom of God, which is close at hand. These 40 days beckon us to a closer following of Jesus and an awakening to the work of the Spirit in our lives and in the world. Each week highlights an object we encounter in our daily life – like coins, shoes, and crosses – and asks us to consider through these objects the possibility that God is present seeking to be in relationship with us. Connect to the Zoom links here:

Book cover of "Reflections on the Heart: an Illustrated Lent for families"

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For families with children and youth, you may want to use the Lenten materials from Illustrated Ministries for family devotion and prayer. The theme is Reflections on the Heart. Families are invited to focus on the spiritual discipline of evaluating what the heart treasures. Some are physical treasures, some are invisible, yet still greatly matter and guide our lives. Exploring Gospel passages on treasures and matters of the heart, families will reflect on what treasures matters to us, why we store treasures, and the power these treasures have in our lives. Each weekly session has a scripture, reflection, discussion questions, activity, coloring page, and prayer.