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Give it up for Lent: Lenten services in the community
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Lent is the 40 days plus the six Sundays before Easter. It is a season of preparation. For centuries, it has been observed as a special time of self-examination and penitence. It is a time for focusing on fundamental values and priorities, and is not a time for self-punishment.

The custom is to mark the season of Lent by giving up some things and taking on others. Both can serve to mark the season as a holy time of preparation.

Some examples of things people give up for Lent include sweets, meat for all or some meals, alcohol, cigarettes, etc. In most cases, giving up something for Lent can be made more meaningful by using the money or time saved for another and better/holy purpose. For example, meal times on fast days could be spent in prayer. Another example is that if you give up a food during Lent, the money saved would go to buy food, or given, to help others. Some things added during Lent are daily Bible reading, fasting on Fridays (or other times), times of prayer, taking a course of study related in some way to spirituality.

This is a good time to join our Sunday school class or weekly Bible Study if you don’t currently attend. Lent is an especially appropriate time for personal reflection and confession.

Note that the season of Lent is 40 days plus the six Sundays. This is one of the reasons that Wednesdays are normally set aside for additional worship services. This rather odd grouping happens because Sundays are always celebrations of Jesus’ resurrection and are therefore, always an appropriate day to lessen the restrictions of Lent.

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent begins. The day is named for the "shriving" or confession. The day before Ash Wednesday was traditionally a day of confession. This day is also known as Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday", because it was a time for eating the things from which one would usually abstain during Lent, namely fat and sugar. Pancake suppers are traditional as they are a way of using up the ingredients not needed during Lent.

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and is marked with a special liturgy -- worship service.

The theme for the day, though not for all of Lent, is that we stand as sinners condemned to die, but for God’s grace. This is symbolized by the imposition of ashes on the forehead, with the words, "Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return." In the Old Testament, ashes were a sign of penitence (feeling regretful at offenses) and mourning.

Ash Wednesday is one of two days of special observance (the other being Good Friday) for which traditionally fasting is recommended. While this usually refers to going without food for the entire day, this practice is not practical for all persons, including, but not limited to, diabetics. Use your own discretion in determining how you can best observe fasting from food.

Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday and is a time for remembering Jesus’ death. Traditionally there is a Good Friday service at noon as Jesus hung on the cross from noon until 3 p.m. The Kershaw Ministerial Association invites the community to observe this day at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church 1709 N. Lyttleton St., Camden for a service of the Stations of the Cross. The object of this service is to help the faithful make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer, through meditating upon the chief scenes of Christ’s sufferings and death.

(Article submitted by Pastor Angela Jennings)

When: Feb. 20, Noon

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1301 Mill St., Camden

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Gen. 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Matt. 4:1-11

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1315 Lyttleton Street, Camden

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Gen. 12:1-4a; John 3:1-17

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2276 Jefferson Davis Highway, Camden

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John 4:5-42

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200 York Street, Camden

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Luke 19:37-44

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1206 Lyttleton Street,Camden

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Matthew 21:1-11

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1709 N. Lyttleton Street, Camden

Stations of the Cross

Speaker:

Father Frank Travis
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
March 29, Noon
Rev. Connie Barnes
"Giving up popularity"
Lyttleton St. United Methodist
March 20, Noon
Rev. Steve Patterson
"Giving up enemies"
Southside Baptist Church
March 13, Noon
Rev. Ed Stokes
"Giving up superiority"
Camden First Nazarene
March 6, Noon
Rev. David Snodgrass
"Giving up expectations"
Grace Episcopal Church
Feb. 27, Noon
Rev. James Barnhill
"Giving up control"
St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church