Observing the Season of Lent
At Portland Christian Center, we would encourage you to prayerfully consider observing Lent through strategic prayer, fasting, and or giving up some personal comfort in order to devote yourself to the Lord and by specifically engaging in our daily Lenten Bible Reading Plan.
Lent is the 40 days leading up to Easter (excluding Sundays), beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 1 and ending on Saturday before Easter, April 15.
Traditionally, Christians have used this period to heighten their experience with Jesus through definite and increased times for prayer, through intentional and specific acts of devotion and through planned acts of self-denial for a definite period within or for all of Lent.
Observing Lent is designed to help you participate with more knowledge, greater awareness and a deeper love of Jesus during this season of the year that leads to Easter. To be sure, Lent does nothing to make you more loveable to God, it is simply a time for you to discover or rediscover the realities of God’s love for you, to partake more passionately in Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, and to grow in gratitude for the incredible gift given to you through Christ’s sacrifice. Maybe you grew up observing Lent, but need to get back in touch with the meaning behind it. Maybe you've heard of Lent, but have no idea what it is. Maybe you're new to Christianity or are still trying to figure out who Jesus is and why his death and resurrection matters today. Whatever the case, Lent can be a transforming experience of getting to know, love and walk more intimately with Jesus as never before