By Ann Leaman
Ohio Conference Resource Advocate
This year Lent begins on Feb. 22, which means now is a great time to look for worship and devotional resources related to Lent. If you are looking for new Lenten resources, check out the website for CommonWord, a collaboration of Mennonite Church Canada and Canadian Mennonite University.
In preparation for Lent, CommonWord has curated a collection of resources for this season of the church year. Included in the collection are books, songs, brief videos for children, and worship resources such as sermon starters, poems, prayers and calls to worship. To browse this collection, visit https://bit.ly/2023LentenResources.
Lenten Prayer Guide
CommonWord is also highlighting a Lenten devotional resource. “Shaped and Called” is the theme of a Lenten guided prayer resource for 2023. This resource is offered by the Mennonite Spiritual Directors of Eastern Canada.
“Shaped and Called” is a contemplative prayer resource which can be used by individuals, small groups, or congregations. It includes weekly prayer sheets, an invitation to share with others (in person or online), and opening and closing liturgies for the Lenten season.
The cost of this resource is $20 for individuals, $10 for students, and $40 for groups/congregations.
For more information or to register, please see https://www.commonword.ca/go/2221.
Lent Worship Planning Webinar
Anabaptist Worship Network will host a Lent Worship Planning webinar on Facebook on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. EST. This webinar will explore Lenten worship resources from Leader magazine and Voices Together, as well as offering time for brainstorming creative ways to gather during Lent. See https://www.facebook.com/events/692537162581966 to sign up.