May the Lord give us courage to give up other things and to give ourselves to him this Lent.
Here are some diocesan initiatives you might like to join in with this Lent.
Loved beyond measure, to love without restraint… - Tuesday 16<sup>th</sup> February, Shrove Tuesday half day of prayer and reflection 9:30-12:30 on zoom.
The struggles of recent weeks and months have shaken us all. Plans have been put on hold. Nearly everything has changed. We have learned to live from day to day. The crisis threatens everyone, confronting us with our vulnerability and mortality. How do we find our way through, and how are we to be faithful to Christ in these dark days? How are we to know the love of God and share that love with others in this time? At a deep level, can we cope?
Malcolm Macnaughton, Bishop Designate of Repton will be leading our morning of reflection, as together we seek to root the life we share as disciples in the love of God poured out for all in Jesus. The morning will include brief addresses, worship, video interviews, meditation, candles of hope, violin music and optional creative activities, lent poems, individual exercises and group conversation. All are invited, everyone is welcome.
Please email [email protected] for access to the link.<strong></strong>
<h3><strong>Lent Hope </strong></h3>
As we continue to experience the restrictions of lockdown and enter Lent, we focus once more on the self-giving love of Christ. During this season, we turn to Christ in penitence and faith, seeking to build our own discipline and spiritual strength to enable us to love without restraint in a way that is life-giving just as Christ loved us.
Between 18<sup>th</sup> February and 25<sup>th</sup> March, Bishop Libby and Bishop Designate Malcolm invite you to join them each week for an hour of prayer and reflection together based upon seasonal Bible passages and collects.
Lent Hope is open to all and will be held on Monday morning from 8am - 9am and repeated on Thursday evening from 8pm - 9pm. Do pass this invitation on.
Please email [email protected] for the access link.