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Lent and Easter: Sharing the message of God’s love

Sunrise at Belin United Methodist Church, Murrells Inlet, SC. Photo by Austin Bond Photography.

Photo by Austin Bond Photography.

 

During Lent, we enter into a season of preparation, self-reflection and repentance when we seek to literally “turn around” and realign our lives and focus toward God. It is a time to give up things as well as take on new life-giving practices, helping us rid ourselves of distractions and our own selfish desires. By doing so, we seek to live and love as more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

The Easter Season, also known as Eastertide or the Great Fifty Days, begins on Easter Day and ends on Pentecost. Focusing on Christ's resurrection and ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), Eastertide is the most joyous and celebrative season of the Christian year. We celebrate the good news that in Christ’s death and resurrection we, and all creation, are continually being made new by God’s love and saving grace.

Below you will find some creative ideas for encouraging your members to deepen their own spiritual journeys and for reaching out to your community to share this season's message of love, hope and transformation.