LENT

Join us on this 40 day journey towards Easter Sunday.

What is Lent? 

The season of Lent finds its roots in the early 2nd-century church. The Lenten season is 40 days in which the church reflects on the life and death of Jesus. The 40 days of Lent reflect the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert being tempted by Satan (Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13). 

As The Park Community Church, we are continuing our sermon series on the Gospel of Mark as we venture through Lent together. While we walk through this season of Lent, let us be quick to confess our sins and our shortcomings. Let us pray more. Let us read the Word of God more. Let us mourn our brokenness and sinful nature, for which Jesus died on a cross. But let us hold fast to the truth that He has defeated death through his resurrection.

All of Lent points toward Easter Sunday, in which we celebrate Jesus’ victory over death. This Lenten journey is one of sacrifice and sober mindedness, but it is also one of certainty and joy. We worship a God who is victorious. 

While we live in the tension of the “now and not yet,” we commit to a season of forgoing our own personal comforts to seek the love and edification of the church. 

In this guide, you will find devotionals, prayers, and other supplements for your personal time with the Lord. 

It is our prayer that this Lenten season draws us into a closer walk with the Father. We pray that the Spirit moves to enables us to act boldly and speak authoritatively. We pray that we can experience the presence of the Son. We pray that the kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven. 

March 6th | Ash Wednesday

Alamo Heights Baptist Church | 7am & 12pm

Ash Wednesday traditionally marks the beginning of the Lenten season. From the ashes of the previous year’s palm Sunday branches, Christians over the centuries have been marked with a cross on their foreheads. As we receive this mark, we hear the words spoken over us, “you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Gen 3:19). In this act, we are reminded of the frailty and mortality of our bodies; that our days are numbered in this world (Ps 90:12). This body that God has given us, through which our spirit experiences Him, through which we share His love with those around us, came from the earth, and will return to it one day. It is in this place of humility, we move toward him again, and open up space for His love to transform us. 

March 28th | Lenten Prayer & Worship Night

The Impact Guild | 708 W. Summit Ave | 7-8pm

Come join us for an evening of singing, prayer, and Scripture reading. This prayer and worship night is strategically planned for the middle of the Lenten season as a time to reflect, pray and seek the Spirit in the midst of a season where we are remembering Christ’s journey to the cross. As this evening is intended to be a time of quiet reflection, please bring only age-appropriate children. Childcare reimbursement will be provided for those in need. 

April 19th | Good Friday Tenebrae Service

Alamo Heights Baptist Church | 12pm

‘Tenebrae’ means darkness or shadows. As we come to the end of Lent, we begin a journey into darkness to a place of deep shadows. This service is a somber service where we read scripture from the last week of Jesus’ life and sing together. We enter into the depth of sadness and darkness that would have been felt after Jesus died on the cross, before Easter Sunday. This service is a preparation to celebrate Easter Sunday morning. We will have prayer stations available for an hour before (11:00am) until an hour after the service is over (2:00pm). 

Friday Morning Prayer

The Impact Guild | 708 W. Summit Ave | Fridays @ 7am

We invite you to pray together on Friday mornings during Lent. During this season we are gathering together to follow along with the Daily Office prayer rhythm together.  We will read this scriptures and pray together. We desire to make space to allow God to speak to form us during this focused time together.

THE DAILY OFFICE is a practice that has been a part of Christian life since the beginning, and it continues to this day. It grew out of a Jewish tradition of prayer rooted in Psalm 119:164 (“I praise you seven times a day…”), and the book of Acts notes that “their prayers” were an important part of the early church’s practice: “The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers.” Acts 2:42 (CEB). So when we pray these prayers, we are joining our voices with the Church around the world as well as the Church throughout history.

The Daily Office provides us with a way to meditate on scripture in our daily lives. We all agree that we need to pray, but many of us struggle to be consistent in our prayer lives. Some of us find that we run out of things to say, others of us have been limited in our understanding of what prayer is. We may have been taught that prayer is just “talking to God,” and it is that, but it is not *only* that. Prayer is so much more.

In this Daily Office, we incorporate several types of prayer: Psalms, written prayers given to us by the Church, contemplative prayer, and extemporaneous prayer. The driving desire behind praying in this way is the recognition that prayer is formational. Our prayers and our worship are not just expressions of beliefs that we already hold. They actually inform and shape our beliefs. This means we should pray not just what we can think of (that will only make us more of who we already are!), but we should pray things given to us in scripture and by the Church. Praying the same prayers that Jesus himself prayed (the Psalms), will help form us into the image of Christ.

HOW DO I PRAY THE DAILY OFFICE?

The Daily Office is set up so that there’s no “catching up” to do. This is not a reading plan, it’s a form of prayer, so if you miss a day, just pick up on the next one! There are just two things you’ll need. The first is in your hand, and the second is a Bible. The Daily Office is on the following page of this guide. The Psalm of the Day, scripture reading for the day, and the prayer for the week are listed on the third page for each week.

There’s no “wrong” way to pray the Daily Office, so jump in and get started! Establish a regular time and place to help you get into a prayerful state of mind more consistently. When praying individually, you will say everything listed in the Office. When praying in community, only the leader says all the written text. Everyone will say only the bold text.

Daily Office Day One Audio

As a means of introducing you to the Daily Office, we have recorded an example of what to expect. Use this audio for the first Sunday in Lent to follow along with the scripture readings for that day.

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