Resources for Lent
Begins on Wednesday, February 17 and ends on Saturday, April 3
Add your Lenten event/quiet day/book study/service to the calendar
Share what's happening in your congregation on the diocesan web calendar. Add your event here. Choose the category "Lent".
Ash Wednesday During Pandemic
Living Church: Creative Ideas for A COVID-19 Ash Wednesday
Diocesan-wide Online Service on Sunday, March 14, 2021
The service produced by a team of participants across the diocese will be broadcast on Sunday at 10:00 am on our Facebook page. If you would like to worship at an earlier time, watch the video on our YouTube channel starting at 7:30 am. It will be distributed to church leaders in advance of Sunday via email. Interested in participating or have questions? Contact Katie Clark, Director of Communications.
Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent and Easter
The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death, then we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, faith communities will be invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life. Updated and expanded Way of Love resources for Lent and Easter are available here and include: Adult Forum - a set of seven Adult Forums, suitable to diverse settings, ties the Easter Vigil readings to the seven practices of the Way of Love, Quiet Day - the Quiet Day curriculum condenses the forums into a single-day journey, and Daily Calendar- based on Mary Bea Sullivan’s Living the Way of Love offers a daily practice and scriptural reference.
Living Well Through Lent 2021
Practicing Courage With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind
Designed for use as an individual reflection or for group study, this Living Compass resource is a daily devotional that provides a foundation for seeking a deeper experience of Lent, an experience that will help prepare us for the true meaning of Easter. Available in both print and electronic editions here. We offer a free downloadable Facilitator Guide for group use. To learn more or to order, visit: https://www.livingcompass.org/lent
2021 Lenten Meditations
To help your congregation prepare for the Lenten journey, we encourage you to order 2020 Lenten Meditations books. In support of Episcopal Relief & Development’s One Thousand Days of Love campaign, the 2020 book of Lenten Meditations was created in collaboration with Grow Christians, a ministry of Forward Movement and focus on the spiritual lives of children and how they can inform the prayers and meditations of all Christians. The devotionals are available from Forward Movement for free, only a minimal fee will be charged for shipping and handling. To place orders, you can also call Forward Movement at 1.800.543.1813. FMI: https://www.episcopalrelief.org/church-in-action/church-campaigns/lent/
Lent Madness 2021
Lent Madness, the Lenten activity that allows you to get to know some amazing people who have come before us in the faith, begins Thursday, February 27th. Thirty-two saints are placed in a tournament style single-elimination bracket. Download the bracket, sign up for email updates and learn more by visiting https://www.lentmadness.org/.
Reflections on Stations of the Cross
Episcopal Migration Ministries invited all of us to join them to journey the Stations of the Cross in Lent 2020 with audio reflections and an accompanying book. Listen, sign up to receive an email reminder, and download a digital guide here. Their reflection authors represent a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds; each offers a poignant reflection on a Station and its relevance to migration and what it means to welcome the stranger as we would welcome Christ. Each reflection calls us back to our essential identity as beloved children of God and asks us to prayerfully reflect on the meaning of the Cross in a world being transformed by migration.
Plastic Free for Lent
Looking for a way to try-on reducing plastic in your life? Join with people across The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion for a Plastic Fast during Lent 2021. Visit the Green Anglicans calendar.
Track your Carbon Footprint
Another way you can try-on being kinder to the enviornment during Lent, is to join with The Episcopal Church and their Carbon Tracker initative. The survey doesn't take long to fill out, and if you don't have your energy consumption bills while you do the survey, the system will make estimates for you. Click here for access to the carbon tracker!
Revisit 2020 Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday
Book Study Suggestions from Congregations in Maine
Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to Holy Week by Amy-Jill Levine (St. Saviour's, Bar Harbor)
Book of Job new translation by Edward Greenstein (St. Margaret's, Belfast)
Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor (Trinity, Castine)
For more resources, visit: https://episcopalchurch.org/lenten-resources