Lent 2023

In Scripture, the number 40 is symbolic for God's formational work through hardship. It rained for 40 days and 40 nights while Noah and his family were on the ark. The Israelites were in the wilderness for 40 years before the promised land. Jesus was fasting for 40 days in the desert before his public ministry began. God uses seasons of desolation to prepare us for seasons of resurrection.

During the 40-day lenten season, Scarlet City changes some of our rhythms to create space for God to work in unique ways. We pause our City Groups in order to make space for new ways to commune with God. Here are some of the formative events and practices we are inviting you to consider this Lent.

Ash Wednesday

February 22nd
Services at 7:30 AM and 6:30 PM
Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Lenten season. It is a time for us to reflect, repent, and remember, considering how to partner with God and experience His presence in preparation for Jesus’ resurrection. Childcare will be provided during the 6:30 PM service, for ages 5 and under. Please register for childcare by February 20th.


Wednesdays, March 1st - 29th
6:30-7:15 PM
On Wednesdays during Lent, we will be having Vespers services at 6:30 PM. Vespers is Latin for "evening". We'll gather for prayer, reflection, contemplation, and communion. We hope you'll join us.

Good Friday

April 7th
Service at 6:30 PM
We cannot fully appreciate the glory of the resurrection without considering the gravity of the crucifixion. We hope you'll join us for our Good Friday service. Childcare is available for ages 5 and under. Please register for childcare by April 5th.


April 9th
Service at 10:00 AM
He is risen! Join us on Easter Sunday as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and consider its transformative potential for our lives

The Desert of Compassion

Devotions for the Lenten Journey
Written By: Rachel M. Srubas
Purchase at the Welcome Center or online.


Consider joining us for a fast from sunrise to sunset each Wednesday during Lent. If physical or mental health limitations make fasting from food a bad idea consider abstaining from a normative habit that can help point your mind and heart to God. Rather than fasting many abstain from things like social media, television, etc. Here is a 7 minute teaching from Pastor John Mark Comer about fasting 3 Reasons For Fasting. The Vespers services will include a time of communion, breaking fast for those who choose to partake.

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