Pray, Worship, Serve.
For the season of Lent:
- Pray for 20 minutes a day.
- Worship for 1 hour a week.
- Serve 6 times a month.
That’s the Lenten Challenge. These three actions of daily prayer, weekly worship, and monthly service are among the most ancient and enduring of Christian practices. The Lenten Challenge is to take on these disciplines for the season of Lent.
Pray 20 Minutes a Day
There are countless ways to pray, but the simplest is to find a quiet place and sit. I start my daily prayers with Morning Prayer (BCP 74) or with the Daily Devotions for Families (BCP 137). Others enjoy the Forward Day by Day books for daily devotions. I then practice Centering Prayer for 20 minutes, ending with the Lord’s Prayer. You could use the Prayer of the Lamb, or another form of Christian meditation as well.
Worship 1 Hour a Week
Worship connects us to God in community. At St. Dunstan’s Church we have Holy Eucharist on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM and Sundays at 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM. We also have a Prayer Vigil to End Gun Violence every Thursday at 6:00 PM. Spend one hour a week in worship with your fellow Christians.
Serve 6 Times a Month
Serving others, especially those who have been marginalized, is a wonderful way to give thanks to God. You could help set up for Community Dinners, drive the dinner to Tent City 3, help with cleanup, help put on the Prayer Vigil to End Gun Violence, or find an elementary school that needs tutors.
Take the Lenten Challenge
If you would like to take the Lenten Challenge, please let me know. I would like to create some support for those who are participating, including meeting briefly after worship to share experiences and encouragement, and possibly email reminders to support you in the practices.
You can find out more about the challenge and the individual practices, including help with how to pray and ideas for finding service projects at the prayworshipserve.com web site.
Yours in Christ,