Lenten Season at Trinity

Lent at Trinity Los Osos kicks off on Wednesday, February 4th at 7pm with our Ash Wednesday Service and continues with our spiritual exploration event, Atheism for Lent.

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday.  Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring."  The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.

Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter" and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

Our Lenten Season started with our Ash Wednesday Service and will continue through Easter with Atheism for Lent.  Continue below to get information on all of our Lenten observances.

Atheism for Lent

Lent is a time in which many people give up something during a 40-day period leading into Easter.  Some people sacrifice something they love in order bring new life to an item or habit that can easily be taken for granted.  A tangible example of resurrection.  Others use it as an opportunity to purge a bad habit from their life; a tangible example of Jesus’ saving act on the cross.  Either way we choose to participate in the season of Lent, few of us think about giving up our theology.  Over Lent you'll plunge into a surreal world where atheism and theology move together in an enchanting and enriching dance.  By exploring the theological dimension of atheism, we will discover how it can offer a type of exorcism powerful enough to cast out any festering fundamentalism lurking within our souls.

Here is an intro video for this year's Atheism for Lent - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-CWddJHHZM

Getting started with Atheism for Lent

Peter Rollins is the person who started Atheism for Lent.  Peter Rollins is a writer, philosopher, storyteller and public speaker who has gained an international reputation for overturning traditional notions of religion.  Challenging the idea that faith concerns questions relating to belief, Peter’s incendiary and irreligious reading of Christianity attacks the distinction between the sacred and the secular.  It blurs the lines between theism and atheism and it sets aside questions regarding life after death to explore the possibility of life before death.


Participation in Atheism for Lent is as simple as signing up for a weekly email throughout the Lenten season.  You will receive your first email on February 5th and each following Monday throughout Lent.  Each email will include an introduction and a few clicks to reflections for the week.  Most reflections will take less than 15 minutes to complete, though a few are longer.  I'd encourage you to try and carve out 45-60 mins each day, so that you can let each reflection sink in and do its work.  This might mean taking a long walk, doing further research or just sitting in silence.  The exercises vary in length.  Don’t feel pressure to do everything.  The material can be treated like tracks off an album.  Some you’ll love, some will leave you cold.  And some might just need a few engagements. Also, feel free to engage with each week in the order that suits your schedule.


The email will also include a link to a live weekly lecture from Peter Rollins.  The weekly lectures can be watched live starting Sunday, February 11th @ 1pm or can be watched later to better accommodate your schedule.  These lectures will be the meat of the material given and the basis for the optional Adult Enrichment Class level of participation.


For our Adult Enrichment Class on Sunday mornings, starting on February 18th at 11:30am in the Opal Room, we will be doing a deeper dive into the previous week’s lecture in addition to providing a platform for people to express how Atheism for Lent has been challenging them.  The class is of course optional, but I would recommend coming especially if you find that through this process of Atheism for Lent you are feeling a little overwhelmed or want to explore further.


Weekly Email – To receive your Atheism for Lent material email our Director of Discipleship, Jeff, at jeff@trinitylososos.org.  You will start receiving weekly emails on Wednesday, February 7th.


Sunday Morning Adult Enrichment Class – No sign ups needed to attend the class.  Just show up starting Sunday Morning, February 18th at 11:30am in the Opal Room.   


  • Palm Sunday Service - Sunday, March 25th @ 10am

    The Sunday immediately preceding Easter Sunday. Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and begins the series of observances focusing on the events of Holy Week. This Sunday is also often referred to as Passion Sunday, marking the beginning of the passion, or suffering, of Jesus leading to and including the crucifixion.

  • Maundy Thursday Service - thursday, March 29th @ 7pm

    Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word "Maundy" comes from the Latin mandatum, which means "commandment." As recorded in John's gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34). This is why services on this night generally include the washing of feet or other acts of physical care as an integral part of the celebration.

  • Good Friday Service - Friday, March 30th @ 7pm

    The source of our term for the Friday before Easter, "Good Friday," is not clear.  It may be a corruption of the English phrase "God's Friday," according to Professor Laurence Hull Stookey in Calendar: Christ's Time for the Church (p. 96). It is the common name for the day among English and Dutch speaking people. It is a day that proclaims God's purpose of loving and redeeming the world through the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is a day that is good because God was drawing the world to God's self in Christ. As seen in John's gospel, particularly, God was in control. God was not making the best of a bad situation, but was working out God's intention for the world — winning salvation for all people. We call it "good" because we look backward at the crucifixion through the lens of Easter!

  • Easter Sunday - Sunday, April 1st

    In addition to our regular Sunday morning service on Easter @ 10:00am we will also be having a Sunrise Easter Service at Sweet Springs at 6:50am.  Following our regular morning service we will also be having an Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt.