Resources for the Lenten Season

We’ve curated and crafted devotional and prayer resources to guide you on the forty-day Lenten journey to the cross.

Lenten Prayer Events

Women's Lenten Bible Study

Experience Holy Week and the Resurrection from the perspectives of Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene during our study of The Women of Easter by Liz Curtis Higgs. This six-session study led by Karen Harwell will meet Tuesdays from 9:30-11 a.m. in room B–207. The study will begin February 27 and run through April 3. For more information, contact Karen at kharwell@spdl.org or at 404.591.4357.

Pausing to Remember

Join us for a three-week, hands-on, experiential time of prayer as we pause to create holy space during Lent. Each week new themes will be introduced beginning on Wednesday afternoon and running through the following Tuesday. The self-guided experience will be open in B–204 (behind the Kivette Room) Wednesdays, 4–8 p.m., Sundays, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. and weekdays, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (SPDL office hours).

Dates are as follows:
Week 1: March 7–13
Week 2: March 14–20
Week 3: March 21–28

Invite your family, friends and co-workers to participate. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Join us over your lunch break during the week or while you are at church on Wednesday or Sunday. Come each of the three weeks to experience the complete set of themes or drop by once as your schedule permits. For additional information, contact Karen Harwell at kharwell@spdl.org.

Lenten Devotionals

Practicing Lent

The name “Lent” comes from an old English word for “lengthening,” referring to the gradually longer days of springtime. From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, what was cold becomes warm. What was dormant awakens. Just as green shoots break through the winter earth, so the church stirs into action to proclaim the Easter mystery: in dying, God destroys death, and in rising, God delivers and proclaims newness of life.

In this devotional are six weekly Lenten practices, each one designed to deepen your journey through these 40 days of lengthening light. Practice them alone, or with a partner, friends, or family, sharing experiences and insights as you travel.

Mary Oliver and the Poetry of Lent

If Lent is about lengthening light, it’s also about broadening our hearts and preparing the way, making room for careful attention to what matters most. As the poet Mary Oliver puts it, living well involves attention, astonishment, and testimony – and poetry itself can be a great help along the way. The best poems can help us notice the world, attuning our eyes and ears to wonders we might otherwise overlook and inspiring us to share what we find.

In this Lenten devotional, the words of scripture and the poetry of Mary Oliver will be our guides. Each week, biblical texts and Oliver’s poems illumine each other, pointing toward simple, powerful practices you can try yourself, with your family or friends or with your congregation.