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Fast Forward…

…at Hope this Lent as we prepare our hearts and minds for Easter.  Over the next few weeks we’ll make intentional effort to slow down and prepare for Easter by letting go of the things that keep us from walking with Jesus. Instead, we’ll learn vital disciplines to help us more fully experience what God has in store for us; the very gift of His Son.

Fast ForwarD…

…with us each week (starting on Wednesdays) as we fast physically fast from a food item, and bring that donation to the church for our SECA (Spotsylvania Emergency Concern Association) drive, and place it in the box in the church foyer near the elevator.

(table use, baking or in prepared food...). Buy something salty and bring it to the church. You are getting the idea by now, right? Pray for the “salty” witness of believers to flavor our community. Pray for the lost.

Week 1 (March 6-12): Fast from pasta for the week. Buy a box of pasta and a jar of Sauce. At the end of the week, bring your pasta and sauce to church. Pray for pastors. Pray for all who are in church ministry in any capacity.

Week 2 (March 13-19): Give up salt in some form for the week (table use, baking or in prepared food). Buy something salty and bring it to the church. Pray for the “salty” witness of believers to flavor our community. Pray for the lost.

Week 3 (March 20-26): Fast from cereal for the week. Buy a box of dry cereal or oatmeal and bring it to the church. Pray for this country to turn to God, as individuals and as a nation, that we will not only be under God but looking towards Him. Pray for our leaders. 

Week 4 (March 27- April 2): Give up eating rice for the week. Buy a bag or box of rice and bring it to the church. Pray for the hungry of the world and for missionaries who are trying to meet the needs, for organizations too.

Week 5 (April 3-9: Find some way to give up the use of white sugar for this week. You can give it up totally, in baking and table foods, or in any way you can commit to. Buy something sweet and bring it to the church. Pray for a sweet spirit of unity to pass through the communal body of Christ in many locations.

Week 6 (April 10-21): Give up peanut butter for a week and a half. Buy a jar of peanut butter and bring it to the church. Pray for the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ… anywhere, anytime!