Jesus in the Desert
It’s that time of year again … time for a round-up of CMT favorites for Lenten resources. This year’s slate includes picks from Building Faith and Episcopal Teacher, some excellent resources from CMT partners, a smattering of old favorites, and a couple others that caught our eye.
For something different, we recommend taking a look at the Being Church video parable study series from The Mission Institute. Kyle will have a full review in the coming weeks, but we think this congregational discernment program based on beautiful and engaging case study “parables” is perfect for those churches looking to engage in Lenten self-examination as a community. Check it out, and add it to your “if not now, then soon” list.
Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting.
This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.
– Book of Common Prayer, 264–265
The Center for the Ministry of Teaching (@VTS_CMT) curates faith formation resources for dioceses, congregations, and schools in the Episcopal Church and beyond.
Full disclosure: The Society of St. John the Evangelist, Living Compass, and Randall Curtis are partners/collaborators with our center. Image credit: Screenshot from “Beginning Again” Being Church video.