34136_Pray_...We understand that Lent is already a couple of days in, but in the event that you still have a little bit of room in your calendar or would simply like to know what else is out there, we’ve compiled a list of some Lenten resources that we think you’ll find particularly helpful and inspiring this year. Do you have certain programs or resources that you love to use for Lent? Please share them with us! We are always eager to know what our churches are using and loving.

  • Building Faith, the Center for the Ministry of Teaching’s resource website, offers a small token that could go a long way during Lent with their ‘Lent in a Bag’ This bag- which can be used in church or at home- includes small tokens and accompanying reflections to help start conversations about themes relevant to the season. We think that this would be a wonderful resource to use with your family!
  • ‘Praying Lent’ is an online offering from Creighton University which includes daily prayers, parish resources and more to fill your lenten season. ‘Praying Lent’ offers educational information- such as what it means to ‘fast’ or ‘abstain’ and book suggestions- as well as audio reflections, including Pope Francis’ Lenten message. We have bookmarked this website and are eager to return to ‘Praying Lent’ many times throughout the season- we hope you will bookmark this page as well!
  • If you’re interested in an online experience, then perhaps ‘The Lent Experience’ may be for you! Sign up to be a part of this virtual program and you will be prompted to watch videos each Sunday that issue a lenten ‘challenge for the week. You’ll receive emails to let you know that a new video (and challenge) is available as well as weekly reminders to help you in your challenge. At this point, we’re not quite sure what these ‘challenges’ will be (each video does not go live until its designated date), but we’re still intrigued!
  • d365- an online, daily devotional guide- offers a special Lenten devotional program through their website. Much like ‘The Lent Experience’, you won’t learn what your devotional will be until that day- meaning you can’t look ahead (we know, the anticipation is killing us, too!). We love d365 all year long, though, so we’re certain that their Lenten offering will not disappoint.
  • Thank goodness, ‘Lent Madness’ is back for another year! The article we’ve linked explains much about the program, but ‘Lent Madness’ was created as a “fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women who make up the church’s calendar of saints”. Through a format that loosely resembles the NCAA basketball tournament, participants can vote each week for their favorite saint. As the weeks (and eliminations) continue, each saint gets closer to the coveted Golden Halo. We don’t know about you, but we are eager to see who wins the Golden Halo this year! Participate in this hilarious (and informative!) program this year!
  • One of the Anglican Communion’s offerings for Lent this year is ‘Carbon Fast for Lent’, a calendar with daily suggestions that will help us decrease our carbon footprint and be more intentional about the way we interact with the natural world (and strive to preserve it!). Each week is thematic, beginning with ways to be more mindful of food and ending with the dire resource of water. This calendar offers a new and impactful way to view Lent- rather than giving something up, we can help ensure that the earth continues to give to our descendants!
  • LIVING IN RHYTHM, A LENTEN REFLECTION: During Lent, you are invited to explore what it means to cultivate a “rule of life.” This is about finding a sustainable rhythm of life that includes the things which are most important to the spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being of ourselves and our community. Sign up for a daily email from the monks at Society of St. John the Evangelist (ssje.org). Study booklets can be downloaded for free from their site.Episcopal Relief & Development encourages congregations to order or download their annual Lenten Meditations booklet. It is available in English and Spanish, this year’s devotional focuses on creating economic opportunities and strengthening communities, with a particular focus on empowering women. The daily readings are co-authored by a group of leaders from across the Anglican Communion, who bring a range of perspectives as they reflect on Scripture and other sources of spiritual wisdom.
  • Work of the People offers a Lent Film Series – Sitting in the Dark. Consider this 7-session film series with Parker J. Palmer, Glennon Doyle Melton, Jean Vanier, Brené Brown, Walter Brueggemann, Barbara Brown Taylor and Nish Weiseth. Be encouraged that the difficulties in our lives often lead to transformation and healing and that, indeed, life comes from death. Preview the film series here.
  • ChurchNext is offering a complete free Lenten curriculum. The first of the five courses is “Spirituality and Racial Justice” led by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. Learn about the spiritual dimensions and responsibilities inherent in building racial justice.
  • For fans of Sybil MacBeth’s Praying in Color, she offers several free Lenten Calendar templates. She says, “On the calendar template I choose a word or name for each day, write the word in a space, and draw or doodle around it. I think of each mark or stroke of color as a wordless prayer. This process can take three minutes or thirty. Each day is different. I love the accumulation of words or peoples’ names in a visual tapestry.”
  • Go! for Lent is a series of reflections on scripture passages that include the word “go.”

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