Open Arms: The Journey of Lent

By Pastor Rick Harvey

Jesus lived a remarkable life–one that we remember throughout the year. During Advent we remember his coming; Christmas, his birth; Lent, his death; Easter, his resurrection; and Pentecost, his Spirit. Lent, the 40-days leading to Easter, is a time to reflect on Jesus’ journey to the cross, his suffering, and his sacrifice. Jesus lived with his arms open to others--serving, loving, helping, conversing, and inviting others into his life. This Lenten season, we have four ways to help you seek to become more like Jesus as you journey with him to the cross.

Ash Wednesday Service

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. This Wednesday night, March 1, at 6:30pm, is our Ash Wednesday service. This all-church gathering is a time of worship, prayer, and scripture, as we prepare our hearts for the 40-day journey to Easter.

Sunday Morning Sermon Series

Jesus lived with “Open Arms.” On Sunday mornings at 9 and 11:15, we will explore what it means to sacrificially live with open arms as Jesus did.

Video Series

Worship doesn’t just happen on Sundays. Our Lent video series is an opportunity to be with God during the week. Each Wednesday, we will share in a time of worship–online–with music and a Lenten devotional from one of our pastors. This may serve as an inspiration to you as you develop your own Lenten practices. These videos will be available at bethanynaz.org/lent and on facebook.  

Lenten Practices 

Each week, we will participate in a different practice designed to help us become more like Jesus. Practices include creating margin, demonstrating hospitality, fasting media, reading the gospel of John, three days without gossip, and participating in acts of secret service. Read about each practice at bethanynaz.org/lent.

I hope you will join me on this journey through Lent to Easter.