People talk about giving up or taking things on for Lent. The aim should be to grow closer to God. We can do this through discipline, reading God’s word in the Bible, praying and examination of our lives. Gradually our behaviour can change so that reflect more of the commitment, humility and sacrifice of Jesus as He walked the way of the cross. The Holy Spirit can help us.
This challenging list of things for Lenten consideration should keep each of us busy through Lent- and beyond:
Give up complaining- focus on gratitude
Give up pessimism- become an optimist
Give up harsh judgments- think kindly thoughts
Give up worry – trust Divine Providence
Give up discouragement – be full of hope
Give up bitterness – turn to forgiveness
Give up hatred – return good for evil
Give up negativism – be positive
Give up anger – be more patient
Give up pettiness –become more mature
Give up gloom – enjoy the beauty
Give up jealousy – pray for trust
Give up gossiping – control your tongue
Give up sin – turn to virtue
Give up giving up – hang in there!
Perhaps you could also give up some time to come to times of prayer:
Wednesdays 2-2.30pm, Thursdays 4-4.15pm for Compline, Fridays 9.45-10.00am.
These times include prayers on a sheet, as well as time for personal prayers in the quiet or aloud.
Also, to help us to pray regularly for the church and community a “Lent Prayer topic” sheet will be available. Please take on and use it.
Please make time to come to this years’ Lent course, joining with the Methodist church – on Wednesday evenings 7.30-9.00pm and Saturday mornings 10.15-11.45am at the Methodist church.
This Lent course times are for everybody- you can take part as much or as little as you like, and should be easy for everyone to enjoy. I hope to see you there. May we use Lent well. Sue~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Fun, food and faith,
Sunday February 15th
with games, activities, quiz, “pancake bingo,
Short service and tea.
Getting ready for Lent.
For more info. Contact Sue 711930.
An Evening with Adrian & Bridget Plass
7pm 22nd March
no tickets, but please come and encourage others
Adrian & Bridget are well known speakers,
who offer an amusing and profound insight into Christian life.
We now have a new copier, this will be used for church communications.
Also if you have any personal coping please come and see Jane on Fridays.
A4 single side black and white copies will be 5p and colour 25p. If you provide photo paper we can also copy your photographs