Each Lenten season, we are presented with an opportunity to set apart 40 days for a special journey with God. It can be a time for many things, such as to focus on daily prayer or bible study, or a time for self-denial. Self-denial is the voluntary act of giving up something that we cherish as a way of growing spiritually. It has a biblical foundation in Mark 8:34:
If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
This practice asks that you set aside a time to reflect on your daily life and to pray for God’s forgiveness and guidance. As a symbol of that time, you would place a small monetary amount in the provided self-denial envelope and return it to the church at the end of Holy Week. The funds collected have been and will continue to be used to support Zion’s mission projects, some of which rely solely on special gifts.
Our Zion Global Mission efforts extend in many directions:
- Quarterly financial support to Redeemer Lutheran in North Minneapolis.
- Quarterly financial support to All Kids Can Learn International (AKCLI) in Zambia, Africa.
- The opportunity to purchase Lutheran World Relief Fair Trade Coffee, Tea and Cocoa.
- Mission Jamaica support.
- During this Lenten season, I want to focus more on reaching out to others via random acts of kindness. Random for me will still require a bit of planning though! I will brainstorm a list of potential things I can do to have handy at the ready. I will also keep my heart and mind open to what God may be compelling me to do when an opportunity presents itself. The smallest thing done for someone else has the potential to turn around someone’s day. more
- Minda has been thinking about what else she can do to make a difference in her own spiritual life, and in the lives of others, and has decided to make prayer her self-denial priority during Lent this year. “I will use the bulletin and a list of family and friends who need prayer, and daily pray for their needs. I will be a prayer advocate. I will pick the same time each day so that I will remember. The time of Lent is 40 days. I can make this happen for that time commitment. My goal is specific, which helps me focus on what I have chosen and easier to maintain. The self-denial for myself will be giving up of time to stop and pray. But to me, more importantly, is the call to make a difference through prayer. I hope that at the end of the 40 days, I have created a habit of prayer as a priority, enabling ... more
The Global Missions Committee thanks you for your partnership and encourages you to begin or continue giving to the exciting mission work being done through Zion. Envelopes for self denial gifts are available at the information desk throughout Lent, or give online through your InFellowship account. We encourage you and your family to continue sharing a special time to reflect on your daily life and to practice self-denial through your Lenten journey.