March 6 - April 18, 2019


What is Lent?

What is St Philip's doing during this season?

What can you do at home?


What is Lent?

Traditionally, Lent is a season of penitence and preparation. Christians prepare for the celebration of Easter.

It started as a 2-day fast, but by the middle of the 4th century, it had evolved into 3 weeks. By the 5th century, a growing desire to remove Sundays (which were already non-fasting days) from the 3-week fast meant adding a few days. Lent starts with Wednesday, what we now call Ash Wednesday, has been the tradition since around the 11th century.

Lent is not a season mentioned in the Bible. The 40 days of the season reflect both Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness and Moses' 40-day fast on Mount Sinai. 

Did you know...
..."lent" is the Anglo-Saxon word for "spring"?
...due to the solemn nature of Lent and Holy Week, it was considered inappropriate to hold weddings and other occasional services such as dedications, ordinations or installations? 


What is St Philip's doing during Lent?

Soup @ 6pm and Evening Service @ 7pm

We host Lenten soup suppers and services! Every Wednesday we provide soup and fellowship upstairs in our Fellowship Hall starting at 6pm.  At 7pm we move to the Sanctuary for our Lenten services using Holden Evening Prayer (Marty Haugen).  

It's a beautiful way to prayerfully live Lent.  If you are not familiar with Holden Evening Prayer, you must come -- you won't be disappointed. 

The Way

And this year the LENTEN BIBLE STUDY: The Way is Mondays @ 2:30 pm OR 7:00 starting March 11.  We'll use the movie The Way to inspire thoughtful conversation. 


We at SPLC understand that it can be difficult to make it to us.  Here are some ideas for the family at home.

And a Lenten devotional from Lutheran Seminary, "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say", is available for your use.

Or here is a Lenten resource for you from Lutheran Hour Ministries (U.S.A.)!

In this daily devotion, People of Passion, you’ll see God at work in a diverse human ensemble – from the fall of man to the first century – slowly, steadily, unfolding His master plan of love and redemption.  Beyond the well-known contemporaries of Jesus like Judas, Pilate, Herod, Mary Magdalene, John, and Peter, there are many others with a role in this divine drama.