Friday, March 18, 2011

Perspectives from the Field: Why Lent Matters

Lent is a time of preparation. Just like Advent helps us to understand the importance of Christmas, Lent reminds us of the significance of Easter. Sometimes we give something up during Lent or other times we choose to take on something new but the important thing to keep in mind is what Jesus Christ went through on our behalf.

At the time this blog is published, we’ll be about a third of the way from Ash Wednesday to Maundy Thursday which is sometimes also known as Holy Thursday. These two dates mark the two times each year that our church gathers on a weeknight as a congregation in a time of worship.

In fact, for me, Christmas Eve and Maundy Thursday have always been the most significant services in the life of the church because each marks key events in the life & death of Christ but also because each immediately precedes the two events that get the most publicity in both the secular and Christian world.

It’s important for our youth (and the overall church) to not forget about the life of Christ between his birth and death. Lent is one time of the year that we can do just that.

by Mark Whitaker
~~Youth & Young Adult Director and Communications Coordinator
Avondale United Methodist Church in Kansas City MO (North of the River)
~~Marketing Coordinator - youTheology Advisory Board
Loving God, Loving Neighbor

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