What Kind of Fast Does the Lord Choose?

Today is the first day of Lent and the beginning of a 40 day season of preparation to restore and renew us for the joy of the resurrection when we reach Easter on April 16. Anglicans follow three disciplines during the Lenten season: prayer, fasting, and giving to those in need. These three practices are Read the full article →

Lent with Kids

It feels like we just wrapped up Christmas, but Ash Wednesday is only 2 weeks away! In addition to preparing children for Ash Wednesday, and explaining the purpose behind Lent, here are a few ideas for how to incorporate Lent into daily life at home and weekly parish life. Life at Home: Pray. If you don’t pray as a family, Read the full article →

The Whole Story of Ash Wednesday

Restoration’s Ash Wednesday service, like every Ash Wednesday service, feels somber and bleak.  It’s dark and shadowy—so much about our typical Sunday service is turned upside down.  There isn’t a buzz of anticipation, there is no happy conversation and catching-up with friends.  The crowded feeling of presence is replaced by a conspicuous feeling of absence. Read the full article →