Mennonite Church USA’s Lent at Home worship guide is now available online. The free guide for home-based worship provides daily and weekly Scripture readings, prayers and rituals for individuals and families observing Lent, the period of prayer and reflection from Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, to Easter, April 4.
“In today’s divided society, we are challenged to remain grounded in the reality of God’s love and in our Christian identity,” said Shana Peachey Boshart, denominational minister for faith formation. “The Lent at Home guide offers a way for us to pause in our homes to worship God, reflect on God’s gracious character and actions and be shaped into a people who join in God’s loving activity in the world.”
The guide encourages worshipers to engage Scripture through reflections from Genesis and the four Gospel accounts of Jesus’ ministry.
“As we learn more about who Jesus was, how he lived, and what he taught, his death and resurrection become more meaningful,” said Talashia Keim Yoder, author of the guide and pastor of Christian formation at College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind. “I hope that digging into these stories of Jesus will help the Easter story come into focus and take on greater meaning.”
The guide includes at-home rituals for Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday, as well as links to recipe ideas and an Easter music playlist. It can be viewed on screen or printed using a desktop printer. A menu allows worshippers to choose readings and rituals best suited for their household.
Keim Yoder encourages pastors and leaders to share the intergenerational guide with everyone in their congregations.
“Lent reminds us, every year, to make space in our lives for God to work in us,” she said. “We may even find that some of the simplifying and room-making we do in Lent will stick with us and become part of our lives beyond Lent and Easter.”
Lent at Home is available at mennoniteusa.org/ff.