Lent at Haymarket Church

Experience the Season of Lent

This year, Lent begins on February 14 and runs through March 30.

Lenten Devotional

“A Voice in the Wilderness”

During Lent, we along with churches across Virginia, participate in a daily devotional. This year’s theme is “A Voice in the Wilderness”

To receive the devotional via text message, send “lent24” to (571) 487-8557.

To receive it via email, please email info@haymarketchurch.org to get on the list.

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Book Study

Read “Luke” together

This year, Lent begins on February 14 and runs through March 30.

In order to help us dive deeply into Scripture, we will be reading the book Luke: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws by Adam Hamilton.  We have purchased a copy of the book for every household at our church, so that everyone can participate in this opportunity to grow in faith.  If you are reading this, we’d be happy to get you a copy so you can study along with us. 

Beginning on Sunday, February 18 we will hold an in-person book study and conversation for any who are interested. This study group will meet directly following worship. 

Would you like a book? CONTACT US

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Guided Book Study Videos

Each week Pastor Brian will offer a video to go along with the designated reading. 

Jesus Has Friends in Low Places – Luke: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws, Introduction 

February 15, 2024

For this week’s midweek video, Pastor Brian begins looking at “Luke: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws,” by Adam Hamilton. This week we are looking at the Introduction and talking about how Luke presents Jesus as a friend to the downtrodden – and how the Gospel of Luke is meant to enable us to encounter Jesus and find our home in his love.

Lifting Up the Lowly – Luke: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws

Chapter 1 – February 22, 2024

In this week’s video Bible study, Pastor Brian continues our look at Adam Hamilton’s book “Luke: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws,” by reviewing Chapter 1, “Lifting Up the Lowly.” In this chapter, we explore God at work among surprising people (the very old and the very young), God showing up among the poor and the marginalized, and Luke’s vision of how God, in Jesus, turns everything upside down.

Simon, Do You See This Woman? Luke: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws

Chapter 2 – February 29, 2024

In this week’s midweek video, Pastor Brian continues our study of Adam Hamilton’s “Luke: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws” by looking at chapter 2, “Simon, Do You See this Woman?” In this video, we talk about how Jesus values (and calls) women (even in a world of patriarchy), how Jesus is on the side of the oppressed, how Mary Magdalene is the first Christian preacher, and how Jesus sees us and values us (no matter what the world says about us).

Parables from the Underside – Luke: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws

Chapter 3 – March 7, 2024

For this week’s midweek video Pastor Brian is continuing our study of Adam Hamilton’s “Luke: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws,” by looking at Chapter 3, “Parables from the Underside.” In this video we talk about what parables are, the special qualities of the parables recorded in Luke, how Jesus is on the side of the downtrodden and excluded, what Jesus has to say about hypocrisy and being judgemental, and how Jesus calls us to join him in standing with and for the oppressed.

On The Journey To Jerusalem – Luke: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws

Chapter 4 – March 14, 2024

This week’s midweek video continues our journey through Adam Hamilton’s “Luke: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws” by Adam Hamilton. This week, we are looking at Chapter 4 “On the Journey to Jerusalem.” In this video we talk about the structure of Luke’s Gospel, how Jesus “setting his face towards Jerusalem” is important context for these stories, and what it means to welcome outsiders and allow them to transform us.

The Last Week – Luke: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws

Chapter 5 – March 21, 2024

This week’s midweek video continues our journey through Adam Hamilton’s “Luke: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws” by Adam Hamilton. This week, we are looking at Chapter 5, “The Last Week.” In this video we talk about Jesus entering into Jerusalem, what it means for him to be a king who is humble, the significance of his challenge to the religious elites, and what happens at the Last Supper.

What is Lent?

Here’s a great, simple, explanation of Lent from the United Methodist Church:

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.

Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

This year, Lent begins on February 14 and runs through March 30.

Suggestions for Practicing a Holy Lent

Lent is a time to ask forgiveness for our sins, think about how we can live more faithfully, and try out new practices. It has traditionally been a time of fasting (“giving something up”) but is also a very appropriate time to “try something new.” So, below we have offered some suggestions of things you might try to help you experience Lent more fully. Don’t try all of them (that would be overwhelming) – just pick a few that work for you and your family, or come up with your own practice. This should be challenging (we need to be challenged if we want to grow) but not so challenging that you quit after a few days.

  • Worship, online or in-person, each Sunday (In-Person: 10:00 AM at Haymarket Elementary School, 15500 Learning Lane, Haymarket; Online: 9 AM or 10 AM on Facebook, YouTube, and our website).
  • Participate in the Haymarket Church online devotional. Text “Lent” to 571-487-8557 to sign up to receive it.
  • Participate in our churchwide study of “Luke: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws.” Email info@haymarketchurch.org to request your free copy of the book.
  • In a time of war, violence, and anxiety, spend 10 or 15 minutes each day praying for peace.  If you don’t know what to pray, simply repeat “Lord, bring us your peace.” Repeat it slowly.  Perhaps make it a breath prayer – say “Lord” as you breathe in and “bring us your peace” as you breathe out.
  • Commit to reading two chapters from the Gospels each day. If you start with Matthew 1 at the beginning of Lent, you should finish John by sometime during Holy Week.
  • Many LGBTQIA+ folks feel under attack recently, and LGBTQIA+ teenagers have a significantly higher risk of suicide than the rest of the teenage population.  In the spirit of the God who loves and welcomes all of us (no matter who we are!), and in the interest of promoting a culture of life in which all children and teenagers get to grow up safely and well-loved, make a donation to The Trevor Project, an organization that works to provide support, love, and suicide-prevention services for LGBTQIA+ young people.  You can donate here.
  • Commit to spending 10 minutes each morning and 10 minutes each evening in prayer. If you already do that, try to add 10 minutes in prayer at lunch as well.
  • Write a letter to someone who lives far away. Tell that person about your life and about how much you care for him or her.
  • Share a meal with someone who is lonely.
  • Give up going out to eat at (or ordering takeout from) restaurants. Figure how much money you save and give it away to an organization that fights against hunger.
  • Do something really nice for someone who frustrates you.
  • Read Scripture for an extra ten minutes each day.
  • For most of history (and in much of the world today), meat was a rare delicacy/treat. Give up eating meat during Lent and learn about how most other people in the world have lived.
  • Don’t use any paper towels or napkins – instead, use only cloth products. Then, take some time to wonder about how much trash we produce each day.
  • Visit someone in prison, a nursing home, or the hospital weekly.
  • Offer help to someone who is struggling to pay their bills.
  • Cook a meal for a family who is overwhelmed and deliver it to their home.
  • Each week, take someone who is on a tight budget out for lunch. Have a good conversation and then pay for the meal (tip well!).
  • Write one thank you note each day to someone who has made your life better. Take time to think about unnoticed people (servers at restaurants, workers at grocery stores, delivery people, people who make the things we use) and try to include them too.
  • Pray for your enemies each day. Include (among others) violent groups around the world, criminals in this country, people with whom you disagree politically, and folks in your family and daily life who you just don’t like very much.
  • At the end of each day, spend a few minutes reflecting on what happened during the day. List the times when you felt close to God, the times when you felt far from God, the times when you were faithful to God, the times when you were tempted to sin, and the times when you actually sinned. Then confess your sin to God and thank God for sustaining you.
  • Try tithing – giving 10% of your income to church – from now until Easter. See what happens.
  • Make a list of 5 people in your life who might need to experience more of God’s light and love. Pray for them each day and ask God to show you how to share God’s love with them.
  • Spend 10 minutes each day reading the news and praying over it – read the articles with an eye towards praying for the people involved, and ask God to show you how you can make a difference.
  • Take a true Sabbath each week – no work emails, no working from home, simply resting and caring for yourself.
  • Have at least one real conversation with someone who is really different from you (in terms of income, race, political beliefs, religious beliefs, etc.) each week. Take time to learn about that person. Then, pray for that person all week.

Ash Wednesday Worship

Ash Wednesday is coming soon! We will have two opportunities to worship on Ash Wednesday (February 14) this year. 

We will have an online service that will stream live on Facebook and YouTube at 5:30 PM. (It will be available all day via our website.) Those who wish to participate in the virtual service and want ashes to use at home may pick those up after worship on Sunday February 4 or 11. (Or contact info@haymarketchurch.org for alternate options.)

We will host an in-person service at our Ministry Center (Above Town Hall) at 7:00 PM. This will be a simple service of Scripture, song, message, and imposition of ashes.

Please note that our Ministry Center space is upstairs and there is no elevator in the building at this time.