Forty Ideas for Lent… Parish of Huntley edition!

Here are some ideas for you to consider this Lent… Don’t feel you have to do all of these or in this order…Add or replace one if you wish! Join in anytime throughout our Lenten Journey…from today until Easter Sunday! If you have ideas to add to next years list please add them in the comment section below.

Day 1: Pray for your enemies

Day 2: Talk a Walk in a neighbourhood and pray for the residents

Day 3: Don’t turn on the car radio

Day 4: Give $20 to a non-profit of your choosing

(Sunday ~ Lent practices don’t happen on our Celebration Day)

Day 5: Take 5 minutes of silence at noon

Day 6: Look out the window until you find something of beauty you had not noticed before

Day 7: Take 5 items of clothing to the ValueVillage on Hazeldean Road

Day 8: Pray for the Carp Fair Board and Planning Team

Day 9: Do someone else’s chore

Day 10: Buy a few $5 Tim Horton Gift Cards and drop them off at the church (Pastor Monique will take them to St. Luke’s Table during Holy Week)

(Sunday ~ Lent practices don’t happen on our Celebration Day)

Day 11: Call an old friend

Day 12: Pray the Paper (pray for people and situations in today’s news)

Day 13: Read Psalm 139 http://bible.oremus.org

Day 14: Pay a few sincere compliments

Day 15: Pray for the West Carleton Emergency Food Aid

Day 16: Educate yourself about human trafficking www.praxus.org

(Sunday ~ Lent practices don’t happen on our Celebration Day)

Day 17: Forgive someone

Day 18: Internet diet ~ No Facebook or Internet

Day 19: Change one light in your house to a compact florescent

Day 20: Check out morning and evening prayer at http://dailyoffice.wordpress.com

Day 21: Ask for help

Day 22: Tell someone what you are grateful for

(Sunday ~ Lent practices don’t happen on our Celebration Day)

Day 23: Introduce yourself to a neighbor

Day 24: Read Psalm 121 http://bible.oremus.org

Day 25: Bake a cake or something else to give to a neighbour

Day 26: No shopping day

Day 27: Light a virtual candle http://rejesus.co.uk/spirituality/post_prayer/

Day 28: Light an actual candle

(Sunday ~ Lent practices don’t happen on our Celebration Day)

Day 29: Write a thank you note and mail to someone who’s blessed you in your life

Day 30: Pay it Forward… buy a coffee for someone at Alice’s or Tim Horton’s by paying for the person behind you in line

Day 31: Pray for one of the Parish churches that you don’t normally attend

Day 32: Donate art supplies to your local elementary school

Day 33: Read John 8:1-11 http://bible.oremus.org

Day 34: Ask someone what worship is like in their tradition or worship at a friend’s mosque, synogogue or church and look for the beauty

(Sunday ~ Lent practices don’t happen on our Celebration Day)

Day 35: Pray for our neighbouring churches

Day 36: No sugar day – where else is there sweetness in your life?

Day 37: Pray for a person or family in our community

Day 38: Educate yourself about a saint www.catholic.org/saints

Day 39: Pray for peace

Day 40: Pray for your enemies then decide which of these exercises you’ll keep for good

I’m thankful to Nadia Bolz Weber for some of the ideas. She is the Pastor at the House for All Sinners and Saints and her post on this can be found HERE. She is a tattoo-clad crazy Priest that I’m happy to have met and happy to read.

Another Priest friend who has a great link to other ideas is Rachel Held Evans who’s list is found HERE

 

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