The Lent Project Week 1: The Extras Purge

What does the "life to the full" that Jesus invites us into look like? How do we find it? And what if the comforts, securities, and pleasures surrounding us might actually distract us that life? 20150218_the_lent_project_banner

We'll be asking these questions throughout Lent and, each week, we'll experiment together with a specific practice of denial and fasting to help us stand in solidarity with the Majority World and seek the life of abundance Jesus promised. Each week of Lent will involve stories of practice, hearing the words of Jesus, and invitations into a shared week-long experiment.

Week 1: The Extras Purge

During this week, we invite you to:

(1) Take an inventory of all of your belongings.

How many extra coats, shoes, appliances, electronics, shirts, pants, dishes & pans, etc. do you have? Are there areas you have excess? Are there areas you have excess excess? Are there ways you feel possessed by your possessions?

(2) In areas of excess (and excess excess!), purge the extras (donate, share, trash as appropriate). (3) As part of the purge, bring 3-5 items to next Sunday's Gathering to help seed a sharing economy at Open Door. (4) If you're on social media throughout this season, catalog your journey using #TheLentProject hashtag.