Lent 2023

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. Below, you'll find links to devotionals, activities, and information for the observance of the Lenten season with your congregation.

WPAUMC 2023 Lenten Devotional

United Methodists and friends from across the Western PA Conference and beyond are invited to join together in this spiritual Lenten journey.

Upcoming Lenten Studies from the Conference

Becoming a Transformed Person

The E. Stanley Jones Foundation (ESJF) is grateful to Brad Lauster for gathering these selections from How to Be a Transformed Person into a devotional designed for use within the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. Download the complete devotional here.

Dutilh UM Church is offering an accompanying Lenten dinner study on Wednesdays, March 1-29, at 6:00 p.m.

Register for Dutilh Lenten Dinner Study →

NEW in 2023: Lenten Books/Devotionals/Calendars

from Abington Press

Luke by Adam Hamilton
Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws
UM pastor and bestselling author Adam Hamilton explores the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Luke. Through Luke’s stories we find Jesus’ care and compassion for all as he welcomes sinners and outcasts.

Finding Jesus in the Psalms by Barb Roose
A meaningful encounter with Jesus and the Psalms through the season of Lent.

Toward the Cross by Gary Thompson and Michelle Morris
Let Jesus, not the world, set the priorities of your heart in this Lenten season.

from the Society of St. Andrew

Redeemed! 2023 Lenten Devotional Book
This Lenten Season, invite your congregation, friends, and family to read and give in support of the mission to end hunger through The Society of St. Andrew — reflecting Jesus’ own concern for the least, the last, and the lost. Based on Ephesians 1:7-8 and other scriptures, these devotions were written to feed your spiritual hunger and inspire you to consider and thank God for your own story of redemption. Read more here.

from UM Discipleship Ministries

Coins for Lent 2023
Lent is a good time to commit to giving money to a project that helps those in need. One way to involve the whole family is to collect coins during the season of Lent and then following Easter, donate the money. Follow our Coins for Lent Giving Calendar as a guide.

from UM General Commission on Religion & Race

Imago Dei - A Lenten Bible Study of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The Imago Dei (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) Lenten Bible Study is a five-week study written in the style of Lectio Divina. In this Bible study we seek to share with one another the image of God, celebrating our diversity, our equity and our inclusion. Download the free resource here.

from The Upper Room

My Body Is Good by Anne Cumings
Embracing Body Positivity and Giving Up Diet Culture for Lent

Other Lent Resources

An Invitation to a Lenten Journey: “Cross Sections“

The “Cross Sections“ series of video meditations was created in 2021, but remains relevant. We invite you to use it on your Lenten journey. Grounded in Scripture and prayer, “Cross Sections” is designed to help you and your congregation both to pray deeply and to engage meaningfully with Scripture throughout the Lenten season.

Find the full video series on our YouTube Channel.