Dear sister and brothers in Christ,
Welcome to worship as we continue our journey through the Season of Lent. As the Ash Wednesday Liturgy (held this year on Thursday) reminds us, the journey of Lent calls us into 40 days of reflection, prayer, fasting, self-denial and giving.
Whilst some of these spiritual practices in the eyes of world appear unattractive, it is our way as Christians of drawing closer in our relationship with God through Jesus. To realise more fully the extent and power of God’s love and to prepare ourselves so that Holy Week and Easter may mean more than simply Fish on Fridays, Hot Cross buns and Easter Eggs.
Some of Lent’s journey we need to do on our own, whilst other parts of it can be more meaningful together.
Therefore here are a few ideas for Lent.
1. In worship take time to reflect—where am I at with God in my life? 1. Join the Lenten Study ‘Awakening my Faith’ - Being held Tuesdays at 3pm and Thursdays at 7pm in St Paul’s.
2. Use the reflection booklet ‘Colours of Lent’ - Copies are available.
3. Take time to read—there is a selection available in our Lent Library.
4. Find a little daily extra time for quiet (silent) prayer & reflection
5. Join in a working bee as part of our preparations towards Easter.
6. GIVE— to the ABM Lenten Appeal (envelopes & digital donation cards are available).
Reflect also on how you are using your time, talents and money to help people and your community around you.
May Lent help us connect ever more deeply with Christ in community.
Rev Cannon Ian Howarth is the Rector of the Anglican Parish of St Paul's Kyneton and St John's Malmsbury and is the team leader of the Central Highlands Cluster.