Lent at Chatham



For centuries, Christians from many traditions have observed the season of Lent, modeled after Jesus’ 40-day fast in the wilderness. Lent is a time of repentance and rediscovery of God’s grace.

Lent is an opportunity for both personal and communal renewal and growth. Individual believers are encouraged to withdraw into the wilderness with Jesus by taking on a temporary limitation and adding spiritual practices to foster a deeper communion with God. It is a chance to take stock of your spiritual condition in light of the gospel and to seek a greater influence of the Holy Spirit. Corporately, it is a time of preparation for remembering Christ’s suffering and death during Holy Week and celebrating his victorious resurrection at Easter.



Our observation of the 2023 Lent season begins on Ash Wednesday, February 22 and ends on Easter Sunday morning, April 9.



Wednesday Fasting / Lenten Meal & Prayer Nights
Fasting is encouraged during Lent, and this year we encourage observing especially Wednesdays as fast days.

Each Wednesday during Lent, we'll meet in the Activity Center starting at 5:30 p.m. to break our Wednesday fast together with a simple meal. Then at 6:15 p.m. we'll move to the Worship Center for a time of prayer and worship to the Lord. Both Youth Group and Family Connection will begin their meetings by joining in this time of prayer.

 Pray for the Lou Day
On Saturday morning, March 11, Chatham will participate in Pray for the Lou Day, a regional prayer event with opportunities to join in prayer with other St. Louis area churches and believers. This will include a prayer walk in the morning and an outdoor prayer gathering that afternoon. See details on our Pray for the Lou page.

 Adult Sunday School

During our regular Sunday School time at 9 a.m., we will work together on developing and maintaining a Rule of Life, which is a set of commitments and habits designed to keep God intentionally integrated into our days, weeks and years. We'll consider how various personal and communal disciplines can bring order and purpose into our hectic and distracted existence.

 Sunday Sermon Series
During our Lenten sermon series,"The Servant Songs of Isaiah," we'll look at the four poems in the book of Isaiah, each describing the person of Jesus Christ, the Servant of the Lord promised to bring redemption to the world.

 Holy Week
Our Holy Week services will include Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.


  • Ash Wednesday, February 22 - Lenten Meal & Prayer, 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 26 - Sunday School, 9 a.m. / Worship, 10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 1 - Lenten Prayer Night, 6:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 5 - Sunday School, 9 a.m. / Worship, 10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 8 - Lenten Prayer Night, 6:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 11 - Pray for the Lou Prayer Walk, 9:45 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 12 - Sunday School, 9 a.m. / Worship, 10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 15 - Lenten Meal & Prayer, 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 19 - Sunday School, 9 a.m. / Worship, 10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 22 - Lenten Meal & Prayer, 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 26 - Sunday School, 9 a.m. / Worship, 10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 29 - Lenten Meal & Prayer, 5:30 p.m.


  • Palm Sunday, April 2 - Sunday School, 9 a.m. / Worship, 10:30 a.m.
  • Good Friday, April 7 - Worship, 7 p.m.
  • Easter Sunday, April 9 - Worship, 10:30 a.m.



It is critical to keep in mind that the point of Lent is not to observe rituals or take part in programs. The goal is to pursue a deeper relationship with God. The main question is: What will help you get closer to the Lord? Consider the following three areas:

 Give up. Commit to the biblical discipline of fasting. In its most basic and common form, fasting is total abstinence from food. Fasting should never become a means of manipulating God into giving us what we want, like a hunger strike. Instead, it is an expression of our humility and dependence on God. If your health allows, consider fasting every Wednesday during Lent (intentionally skipping one, two or all three meals that day). Remember to stay hydrated. You can also do a partial fast by giving up certain things that exert an influence over us or seem particularly important. Consider fasting from TV, social media, video games, or other forms of entertainment; coffee, soda, or other stimulants; meat or sweets; alcohol; sex; sleep. Partial fasts sharpen our spiritual appetite and make us more aware of God’s presence and power.

 Give in. Commit to additional spiritual disciplines. You can do something with your family or as a small group, or participate in Friday night prayer meetings at church. You can follow a daily Lenten devotional; increase your Bible reading time; add confession, singing, intercession, or some other kind of prayer to your regular time with God; or go on prayer walks. Consider focusing on a particular area of growth like humility or gracious speech.

 Give away. Commit to generous giving of your money, time, and energy for the benefit of others. Consider giving financially to missions, benevolence, someone in need, or the church. Look for opportunities to serve someone by giving them your time or using your skills for their good. We'll have another opportunity this season to support students in need at Armstrong Elementary.

Additionally, to help us remember that our sacrifices and disciplines are a response to Christ’s finished work on our behalf, use Sundays as feast days to relax your Lenten commitments.


Daily Devotional:
This year, we will use our new devotional "Meditations In the Book of Isaiah" as we read through this book together as a church this Lenten season.

On Lent:

 Aaron Damiani, The Good of Giving Up: Discovering the Freedom of Lent (Chicago: Moody, 2017)

On Fasting:
 John Piper, A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer (Wheaton: Crossway, 1997). Free download at desiringgod.org/books/a-hunger-for-god

On Media Fasting:
 Sarah Gregor, Going Dark for More of His Light: Prepping for a 40 Day Social Media Fast article, miniministry.com

Additional Devotional Options:
Gospel in Life, a ministry of Tim Keller, offers a free 40-Day devotional by e-mail for which you can sign up here.

Nancy Guthrie, ed. Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter (Wheaton: Crossway, 2009)

 Henri Nouwen, Show Me the Way: Daily Lenten Readings (New York: Crossroad, 1992)

 John Piper's Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die is available to download as a free e-book or for purchase in multiple formats.

 Paul Tripp, Journey to the Cross: A 40-Day Lenten Devotional (Wheaton: Crossway, 2021)