Greetings from your Rector
Our Ash Wednesday service at Maesbury, on Wednesday 26th February, began the penitential season of Lent. On each Wednesday evening in Lent we’ll be running a Lent Course, 7pm at Kinnerley Church, on Mental Health and the Bible. It’s called Lifting the Lid, and begins on March 4th. No Bible knowledge required, just an interest in mental health and in how we can better care for one another.
The season of Lent is a time of preparation for the celebration of Easter. It is a time when people give up something they are dependent on - perhaps alcohol or chocolate. The reason for this being that we should only depend on God, and by giving up the things we reach for, we are breaking the hold they have on us, and refocussing on God.
Lent can also be a time to take something up, to start doing something that will bring you closer to God, or will deepen your understanding of our Christian faith. I’ve challenged the members of the five churches in the benefice to read Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount- chapters 5-7 of Matthew’s gospel, every day during Lent. If you want to join in but don’t fancy reading that much every day, then you could read the beginning of chapter 5, verses one to twelve- The Beatitudes.
I finish with a reminder that Lent is supposed to deepen our relationship with God, and it is not supposed to be a pious and miserable time. Sundays during Lent are feast days, when you can eat the chocolate, drink the wine, or take a rest from your Lenten reading. Enjoy the 40 days of Lent, don’t be a hero by making Lent last 46 days.
God bless you all
Morning Prayer: every Wednesday in March, 9am at St Mary's Knockin