Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Welcome to worship as we celebrate the Last Sunday after Epiphany. That means Lent begins this week and Easter just seven weeks away. Scary! Whilst on the subject of Lent let me encourage you to make a positive start to the coming season. We have a Liturgy of Reconciliation on Tuesday at 4.30pm and pancakes at the Rectory at 5pm. ALL are welcome. Furthermore the Liturgies of Ash Wednesday and reminding ourselves of imperfections and the need of God’s love and mercy is equally important and helpful in the journey of repentance towards Easter. There are also Lenten studies happening. A combined Lent Group on Tuesday evenings, alternating between the Catholic Church and St Paul’s. Please see in the bulletin for details. We also will be having a group Thursday afternoons at 3pm in St Paul’s. Both of these begin this week. Take the opportunity to come along. For those who can’t attend a group there are some private study resources available today and a Lenten lending library will operate from next Sunday through until Easter.
I always find it helpful to maximise opportunities and means in Lent of meeting for prayer, study, reflection and worship.
May you feel able somehow to join in the journey.
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.