One of our five core values at Eagan Hills Church is being “historic-contemporary” in our worship. This is far more than singing hymns and choruses. Here is how we express this value.
Historic-contemporary means showing solidarity with 2,000 years of the universal church to expressing worship in our 21st century American context. It means our youth learning the Apostles Creed and learning our denominational confession of faith. Our heart’s desire is to embrace historical Christianity in our contemporary context. Therefore, in our Sunday services we seek to incorporate ancient creeds, confessions, hymns, and liturgy alongside contemporary music as part of our worship.
As we seek to incorporate ancient liturgy in our worship, our goal is always to provide biblical moorings for our worship.
What is Lent?
Lent is a forty day season of repentance and fasting to prepare for Easter Sunday (April 20, 2014). Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (March 5, 2014) and ends on Holy Saturday (April 19, 2014). Lent does not include Sundays, which are a celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. In some ways, a Lenten season before Easter Sunday is analogous to an Advent season before Christmas Sunday. Both are a season of reflection and preparation.
Is Lent biblical? Where did Lent come from?
The Lenten season is not found in Scripture. The celebration of Lent began in the early Church. In about 180 AD, the church father Irenaeus described the practice of fasting in preparation for Easter, saying “some fast one day, others two days, and others still more. In fact, others fast forty days… this variety among the observers [of the fasts] did not have its origin in our time, but long before in that of our predecessors.” Irenaeus says that the origin of this season of fasting prior to Easter started long before his day, placing the origins of the Lenten season in the early second century and possibly in the first century. Gregory the Great (540-604 A.D.), gave Lent its name (“Lenten” is Anglo-Saxon for “Spring”). Following the Biblical pattern of mourning with sackcloth & ashes (Job 42:6;Jer. 6:26; Dan. 9:3; Jonah 3:6; Matt. 11:21; “>Luke 10:13), Gregory called for every Christian to enter the Lenten season of repentance by receiving ashes upon their foreheads on what became known as “Ash Wednesday.” The dust and ashes reminded the people that they were going to die (Gen. 3:19), and face judgment. Hence, Lent is a season to mourn our sins, recognize our mortality, and look forward to our resurrection hope in Jesus Christ!
Why do some fast from red meat on Fridays during Lent?
Abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent is done in honor of Jesus’ sacrificing His flesh and blood for our salvation on Good Friday. His sacrifice, once for all, put an end to animal sacrifices. Therefore, in honor of Christ’s sacrifice, it became traditional that no animal should be killed or eaten on Fridays during Lent. Clearly, this is a matter of personal devotion.
Why do people abstain from things during Lent?
Traditionally, Christians have abstained from something they normally do OR engaged in something they do not normally do for spiritual growth during the Lenten season. We encourage both. As a church, this 2014 Lenten season we will focus on praying for missions. We invite everyone to join us as we pray for local and global missions on Fridays, 7-8 PM, near the fireplace in the East Lobby.
So, why does Eagan Hills Church celebrate Lent?
We celebrate Lent to live out one of core values of being “Historic-Contemporary.”