The practices of fasting and feasting are ancient expressions of  lament and celebration. The festivals and seasons of the Christian year provide rhythms of fasting and feasting centered on the life of Christ and the events of salvation history. The discipline of self-offering is a grateful response to God’s love for the world and self-giving in Jesus Christ. As Christians we are called to lives of simplicity, generosity, hospitality, compassion, and care for creation. We are accountable to God for how we use our material goods, spiritual gifts, and time in God’s service.                   (Book of Order W-5.0103, p.110)