How will you travel through Lent in 2020?

We are rapidly approaching the season of Lent which begins Feb. 26 and runs until Easter Sunday, April 12th.  In this reflective purple season of the church year some people choose to give something up such as chocolate, dessert, wine, television or social media.  Others choose to give up behaviors like criticism, arguing, swearing, etc.  Still others take on something like more focused prayer, giving to others, and more regular worship attendance.

This year Northridge is invited to take on a specific practice of reading and reflecting on scripture suggested by Jill Duffield’s new book, Lent in Plain Sight:  A Devotion Through Ten Objects.  A limited number of copies are available and may be picked up in the Narthex before and after worship Feb. 8, 15, 22, and 29 while supplies last.  We hope you will consider a $10 donation to help offset costs.

Duffield draws readers’ attention to 10 ordinary objects that Jesus would have encountered on his way to Jerusalem:  dust, bread, the cross, coins, shoes, oil, coats, towels, thorns, and stones.  Pairing these objects with scripture reading, a meditation, reflection questions and a prayer can help us find deeper meaning for the life of faith embedded in these objects and stories Jesus surely carried on the journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter.  Readers will find new insight in objects they might see every day without noticing them, becoming more open to the Kingdom of God.

There are multiple ways to participate:

Purchase and read the book.

  • You can use the study for personal study and growth
  • You can commit to working through the daily selections and talking about them with a friend or family member
  • You can gather a small group of friends and neighbors
  • You can join the planned small group which will meet Thursdays in March from 7 – 8:30 in members’ homes. Sign up at the Lent table in the narthex.


You can download an overview of the recommended scripture readings and spend a few minutes in the Word each day, sharing this dip into scripture with your Northridge family.


You can post photos inspired by the 10 objects on your social media feed, perhaps with a one sentence explanation of why you have chosen the picture and how it relates to your Lenten journey.