Looking toward Lent: ideas for group study

In 2014, the season of Lent begins March 5. Traditionally, Lent is a time of penitence, of asking God’s forgiveness, of seeking a new way of life in Christ, culminating in the joy of Easter.
New work by retired Arkansas bishop
Abingdon Press has released its 2014 Lecture Study, He Set His Face to Jerusalem by Bishop Richard Wilke. Bishop Wilke served the Arkansas Area of the United Methodist Church from 1984 to 1996. 
The study explores Jesus’ commitment to go to Jerusalem, and how it applies to our lives. It includes seven chapters—one for each week in Lent, and one for Holy Week and Easter. With discussion questions, hymns and prayer, it is designed for youth and adult Sunday school classes, small groups, and individual study. It can be ordered through www.cokesbury.com.
Study helps feed the hungry
The Society of St. Andrew also has released its annual Lenten study guide. The 2014 title, Create in Me a Clean Heart, comes from Psalm 51:10: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Its daily meditations and prayers explore the themes of forgiveness and new life in Christ. It encourages commitment to study, reflection, prayer and giving. 
The giving component helps the Society of St. Andrew provide healthy food for hungry people. The devotional booklets and accompanying coin banks are free at www.endhunger.org/lent.htm.