A Prayer for Lent
Father you call us to learn
to trust you in famine as in feast,
and to seek your kingdom before all things.
As we begin this season of Lent
give us joy in the simple things
gratitude for what we have
rather than disquiet over what we don’t.
And may we discover in your presence
a peace that the world cannot give.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lent is a season in the year of the Church which follows Jesus into the wilderness for 40 days. It is a time of stripping things back and choosing a simpler quieter life, so better to encounter God.
One of the things we will be doing together is reading a book as a Church family. The book for this year is by ++Justin Welby called Dethroning Mammon. It is an examination of the place that money plays in our society, and what it looks like to genuinely trust in God rather than finance. There are 6 chapters, and we plan to read one a week, you can reflect on it in the comments below, or after church each Sunday.
To get hold of a copy obviously you can buy it from Amazon. But given the subject matter it might be a thought to buy it from somewhere that treats its staff better.
If you are near Westminster my favourite bookshop is here.
This is lovely. And of course we will be joining in with this call to prayer alongside brothers and sisters across the world.
New years resolutions come and go. But there are some resolutions that endure. These are God’s resolutions for you. No matter who you are. These three resolutions, simple yet profound are what God requires.
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Over the next 3 weeks we are marking the beginning of a new year by reflecting on what it means to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.
We have a busy and exciting few weeks running up to Christmas.
Here is what is going on at Church
4th December 8.30pm – As part of our ‘Just Cause’ advent project there will be a screening of ‘Before the Flood’ after church on Sunday 4th December
11th December 8pm – Beer and Carols
is a new thing this year – a post church beer & carol-fest. We will have a slightly shorter than usual service which will be finished in time for Beer & Carols at 8pm.
17th December at 7pm – Christmas Meal Always a fabulous night and a culinary tour-de-force by John Lewis. This year will be an 8 course Italian tasting menu. Tickets are £10 and all proceeds go to our Childrens & Youth work.
18th December at 7pm – Carol Service. Our biggest service of the year, a beautiful candle lit service of carols and Christmas goodness. Invite your friends, and be on time!
Were putting the Barn dance into Barnsbury. Our annual Parish Cèilidh is a fundraiser for our Children and Youth Work, and it is a fabulous event with food and drink, dancing and laughter. Whether you are a seasoned Do-si-do-er or a squaredance-o-phobe, we promise you will have a great time. Bring your friends.Tickets are £10 on the door. It is one of the highlights of the year.