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Lent is a season of preparation.  It’s a season where we give up good things so we can focus on better things.  Each week, we want to invite you to fast from a different habit or thing we rely on regularly.  Every weekend, we will break our fast to rest and celebrate the goodness of God in this season.  THIS IS NOT A PROGRESSIVE FAST.  We will only fast from one thing each week.  The next week, we will move on and fast from a new thing.  

This is also an experiential fast.  When we fast, we don’t simply abstain from certain things and try to suffer through it, but we set our attention and give our time to other things, better things.  As we fast together as a community, we want to be intentional with our time and attention.  

We have created this GUIDE to help us accomplish this!  In this journal, you’ll find suggested actions you can take, everyday, to help us draw closer to God, to learn more about ourselves, and to love our neighbors.  There are also reflection questions to journal through after each day.  So download the guide, grab a notebook, and journal through your experience!

Before we begin our fast, there are a few things to keep in mind during the season of Lent:

Fasting is a shift in focus. Lent is not about suffering aimlessly. As you put down things, make sure to pick up habits that deepen your faith like prayer, bible study, and reflection.

Be Smart. Some fast items can be difficult/dangerous for small children, the elderly, or pregnant and nursing mothers. Make sure to fast in a way that preserves your health.

Follow Your Conscience. Some things we have chosen to give up as a community might not feel like much of a sacrifice or may be too burdensome for some reason. It is okay to add or take away as your conscience leads.

Nathan Caddell
Somerville Location Pastor

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