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Lent 2024: What is Lent? by Thedford Collins


“Then I turned to the Lord God to seek an answer by prayer and supplication with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.  I prayed to the Lord and my God and made confession…”

Daniel 9:3-4


February 16, 2024

What Is Lent?

Over the last few years as I prepared to write a message for Lent, I’ve wrestled with what Lent is and why we observe it.  This year I decided to research and share with those who, like me, need a refresher.

Lent is a time of solemn observance and preparation for the recognition of the death and celebration of the resurrection of Jesus at Easter.  From its beginning on Ash Wednesday until its conclusion on Easter Sunday, Lent is a time for fasting, giving up something or abstinence.  Just as we prepare for special events in our personal lives, a commitment to Lent invites us to make our minds and hearts ready for remembering Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.

Now that I’m refreshed, my prayer is that I live a life that by example will lead others to Christ.  God sent his Son to show us the way. The least we can do is follow his example.  I commit to serving God the best I can.

                                                                Steward Thedford Collins

Steward Pro Tem


Prayer:  Heavenly parent, help me to do your will, in Jesus’ name I pray - Amen.


Lent 2024

We invite you to join us in reflection, meditation and prayer for a season of renewal, repentance and rejoicing from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.

Each day is a reflection representing the thoughts and aspirations of the members and friends of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church expressing what the season of Lent means to them.  Their wide range of perspectives describe how this time of renewal, repentance and rejoicing has been and will be used to focus on Jesus’ life, crucifixion and resurrection.

Read along with us each day or download the book to read and write along with us offline.




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