Lent is a season I hold close to my heart, as I anxiously wait and journey with my family and my home church to Easter Sunday the Resurrection!
Traditionally, it’s a time for us all to try to live more simply and focus on God by taking up spiritual disciplines and acts of charity.
My brothers and I always challenge each other on who would take out the most needed daily necessity such as no coffee, no meat or no pillow to sleep on and also committing to 40 acts of kindness. It’s a real struggle but we love to support each other on that journey, as we feel a glimpse of what Jesus went through in the dessert, before his last week. But Now, we can live that Challenge on a Bigger Scale!
One way we can do that in the Uniting Church is through UnitingWorld’s Lent Event, which encourages people to use Lent to make a difference in our own lives and the lives of others.
The Lent Event is a great tool for intentional discipleship for young people, taking up spiritual disciplines in ways that also bless others. It’s also a great way to reflect on our international neighbours, and this year has a strong interfaith aspect as it focuses on peace-building work between Christians and Muslims in Ambon, Indonesia. Each week Uniting World will be posting a different video story form our partner church and churches show them on Sunday or share on their social sites.
So let’s take up the Challenge together! Give something up (like coffee, Netflix, cynicism…) and give service to our World with love and grace, just as Jesus did for 40days! (the more creative the better! do acts of kindness for others) and raise funds to help build peace and end poverty in our world. We can do this together!
Take on a challenge and sign up today for the Lent Event!
Joyce Tangi is the Field Officer (South), and responsible for children and families ministry as a part of the PULSE team.