40 Days of Decrease
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Posted February 26, 2019
Posted By Mackenzie Mills

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He must increase, but I must decrease.  John 3:30

Since 325AD, followers of Jesus have observed the 40 days before Easter as a time to prepare their hearts for the celebration of Easter, a season traditionally called Lent.  PCC is living into this centuries-old practice so as to recapture our passion to pursue Jesus and follow Him through the final week of His life to the cross, so we celebrate His resurrection.  How about this: PCC is living into this centuries-old practice to recapture our passion to pursue Jesus. We follow Him through the final week of His life to the cross in order to appreciate the significance of His resurrection.

In a self-indulgent age such as ours, fasting is to be commended. 40 Days of Decrease is the pursuit of a different kind of fast creating a different kind of hunger. Instead of fasting chocolate, social media, or artisan coffee, 40 Days will call PCC to fast apathy, injustice, resentment, and more together in the pursuit of God.

Imagine the impact…What if your family fasted denial? What if your friends fasted comparison? What if our church fasted spectatorship? What if such heart fasts could trigger a spiritual revolution?

In the same way, self cannot satisfy self no matter how long it feasts, self cannot starve self no matter how long it fasts. Decrease is only holy when its destination is love. We are endeavoring to thin our lives so as to thicken our love for God. Enduring awe is rarely the fruit of a Sunday’s celebration. Enduring awe is the fruit of daily participation with Jesus, our resurrected Love. Join us as we journey together hoping to be awed by Easter!

To maximize our Lenten journey of decrease, we want to invite you to do three things:

  • Purchase this book by Dr. Alicia Britt Chole. The book will serve as a daily guide and journal for our trek together through Lent.
  • Join us on Wednesday, March 6 in the Worship Center for Ash Wednesday: A Service of Lament from 7-8pm where we will confess and lament over the brokenness on our city, within the PCC community, and within ourselves.  
  • Text  “LENT” to (650) 332-4438:  This will ensure that you receive daily 90-second video devotions during Lent created by our amazing staff to encourage us all on the decrease journey.


Lent Events

Holy Week Nightly Prayer Meetings April 15-18 at 7 pm
Good Friday April 19


Mar 3 HE > i John 3:22-30
Mar 10 Mary’s Decrease John 12:1-11
Mar 17 Servant Love John 13:1-17
Mar 24 Remaining John 14: 1-8
Mar 31 The Power of Decrease John 15:1-8
Apr 7 When Jesus Prayed for Me John 16:1-15
Apr 14 The Backstory of Easter John 17

Series Resources

Purchase 40 Days of Decrease book here. $10

RightNow Media: Video resources for small groups or individuals. Don’t have a free RightNow Media account yet? Sign up here.

Beyond Sunday: A devotional resource for your week based on the message series.

BLESS: 5 missional practices of prayer and sharing our faith.

Message Podcasts: Miss a Sunday? Listen here.

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