A message for Lent from Rev. Reuben

This Lent we have a variety of different events and happenings for you to join in with and take part in to help you in your Christian pilgrimage through the season.

Are you a ‘giver up’ or a ‘taker on’ for Lent? Or perhaps the season passes you by because of all that is happening in life at the moment.  I hope you will feel able to join in some of the Lent events and feel that you are trying to grow closer to God in this holy season.

Ash Wednesday starts our Lenten observance as always with the haunting words “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return”, as the sign of the cross is offered on your forehead, followed by those words focussing our attention of the person of Jesus Christ, “turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ”.

These two phrases we take with us into our daily prayers in this Lenten season as we hold in our minds our own mortality and also God’s call to us in Christ Jesus to look to him in faith.

Our missionary zeal and passion for Jesus Christ in our Episcopaltradition is a great gift we have to celebrate, enjoy and hand on to those who will be the next generations. All the apparent change some may find disturbing, but we remember that our walk through Lent invites us each, as creatures of the “dust”, empowered by God’s Holy Spirit, to be individual vessels of light and hope and faith.

Keep a good Lent, look at the Lent leaflet and come and join in, in whatever way you can. Also I am available to talk to about prayer and spirituality – just say “I’d like to talk to you” and we can arrange a convenient time to talk together, one to one.

With all good wishes, for a good Lenten observance in 2019.

Rev’d Reuben Preston – Rector