NEW! Lent Course Monday evenings at 19:30 in the Rectory, beginning Monday 12 February. If you’d like to attend please let Sheena know, also tell her if you’d like a copy of the study book.
The season of lent may originally have Epiphany, just as Jesus’ sojourn in the wilderness followed immediately on his baptism, but it soon became firmly attached to Easter, as the principal occasion for Baptism and for the reconciliation of those who had been excluded from the Church’s fellowship for apostasy or serious faults. This history explains the characteristic themes of Lent – self-examination, penitence, self-denial, almsgiving, study and preparation for Easter. The whole Christian community was invited to join candidates for Baptism and penitents in a process of study and repentance over a forty day period reminding us of the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness being tested by Satan.
We continue this tradition with a period of study and prayer and this year will be embarking on a course written by Paula Gooder, one of the church’s most engaging Bible scholars. Her study, “The Joy of the Gospel” uses Scripture but also Pope Francis’ encyclical, Evangelii Gaudium (translated as The Joy of the Gospel) to help us think about how we can as individuals and as a church community share our joy and faith in Jesus Christ in all aspects of our life together, and in our community.