Lent with Hosanna!

Noah spent 40 days in the rain relying on God alone, the Israelites spent 40 years in the desert relearning how to live together, and Jesus spent 40 days in the desert preparing to deliver God’s grace.  We spend 40 days every year to reconnect with God.

 

Lent involves the practices of prayer, study, generosity, and community.  We spend time this season literally practicing the things that connect us with God.  This discipline strengthens our faith and ingrains these practices more fully into our lives.

LENTEN WORSHIP

ASH WEDNESDAY

In person Wednesday, March 2 at 6:30pm
Online at www.hosannatogether.org/ash

We begin Lent with worship, acknowledging our mortality and remembering that we need God.  With ashen crosses on our foreheads, we feel God’s claim on us and see the promise of new life.

 

Drive-Up Ashes available 4:45-5:45.  Pull into a front parking spot. Pastor will bring ashes to you.

EVENING PRAYER

Online only, Wednesdays at 7:30pm

www.hosannatogether.org/evening-prayer

We calm our hearts and settle our minds mid-week during Lent with Holden Evening Prayer, a beautifully simple service that lasts less than 30 minutes.  After each week’s scripture, we’ll be led in a time of reflection. 

SUNDAY FAITH FORMATION

Sundays after worship, beginning March 6

 

Join us after worship each week as we explore scripture that reminds us that God is still with us.  Each short weekly session will have scripture, time for thinking, and an activity.  Though designed for families, everyone is welcome to join us!

GROW IN FAITH

LENTEN DEVOTIONALS

Spend intentional time with God each day.

Spend 5-10 minutes each day connecting to God by reading scripture, reflecting, and praying using our devotional booklet.  Members wrote these devotions to share their experience of God with you.

 

Pick up a devotional booklet in the fellowship hall, have one mailed by calling the church office, or download it on our Lent Devotions pageAvailable beginning February 24.

You can also find other print, online, and mobile app devotional resources on our Devotional Resources page.  

THE CHOSEN TV SERIES

We’re watching The Chosen TV series about the life of Jesus and the very human people whom he touched.  If you’d like to watch Season 1 on your own and ponder with us, visit our page about watching The Chosen.  

GIVING SOMETHING UP AND AWAY

Sometimes when we “give up” something for Lent, we make it about proving ourselves to God or giving up some vice.  Consider giving up something that enables you to give away something.  For example:​

  • Give up buying a coffee or donut each morning, then donate the money saved to a charity you love.

  • Wake up 5 minutes earlier and use that time to snuggle or read with your child.

  • Spend 5 minutes less on social media or playing a game, then use those 5 minutes to call someone or write an encouraging note.

  • Spend less time in the shower or working on your appearance, and use the time to pray for people you know who are sick, hurting, or celebrating. 

  • Take your meal to work, then use money saved to buy a small gift or treat for someone every day. 

Follow your heart and go with whatever God inspires YOU to give up so that you can give away.