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Lent: A Season of Renewal

Lent: A Season of Renewal

by Jeff Patterson on February 15, 2021

Hello my friend,

The Christian season of Lent is the historic Church’s way of doing a season of revival and renewal. During the forty days of Lent (plus the Sundays in Lent), we seek to be very intentional about drawing closer to Jesus Christ.

Through fasting from some activities and the addition of other activities, we try to make more room in our lives for Jesus Christ. The season of Lent prepares us for the great spiritual impact of Holy Week and Easter.

At Wesley Memorial Church, we will be offering both in-person and on-line services. We invite you, your neighbors and friends to join us for any of our Lenten services listed on our Events page.

At our Ash Wednesday services, we invited the congregation to consider participating in a Wesley Fast during Lent. John Wesley encouraged Methodists to skip two meal a week by fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays until 3 pm.

The roots of this fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays goes back to the early church according to the first century Christian document entitled The Didache (The Teaching, A.D. 95). Fasting is a biblical practice used by God’s people to learn discipline (a good Methodist term!) and to set extra time aside to pray.

Fasting is always connected to prayer in the Bible. According to Isaiah 58:6-12, godly fasting can bring freedom and healing to our lives. I especially encourage you to fast and pray that God will bring great spiritual awakening to our congregation. You may also want to give the money you save from skipping meals to help alleviate suffering in our community.

For more information of the Wesley Fast, check out this website: https://www.methodistprayer.org/wesleyfast

God bless each of you and we hope to see you soon!

Rev. Dr. Jeff Patterson

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