Today is the first Sunday of Lent. Traditionally in the church Lent is a reverent season of self denial and reflection. It is a season in which many Christians fast or give up certain luxuries as an act of penance or devotion to God. If this is something that you have chosen to do as a part of your Lenten practice then let me encourage you and pray that whatever you have given up will help you to focus on God and to grow in his love.
Nearly every Lent I hear people talking about what they have given up for God. My prayer this Lent is that we might remember all that God has given up for us and respond by challenging ourselves as a church to think about what we have to give back to God. Over the next few weeks we are going to be thinking about our stewardship of all that God has given to us. The theme of our worship each week will be about a different aspect of giving. Our giving will culminate in a parish day of thanksgiving and prayer on the 26th of March. Please put this date aside in your diaries. Following on from our morning services we will be spending some time in the afternoon in celebration and prayer and there will be an opportunity for us to pledge a new commitment of our time talent and gifts to the Lord.
Wishing you all a happy and holy Lent.
Rev. Andrew Smith
Vicar of Light in the Hills