Prayer of the Month

This year Lent begins on March 1st. Lent, which comes from the Teutonic (Germanic) word for springtime, can be viewed as a spiritual spring cleaning: a time for making  a spiritual inventory and then cleaning out those things which hinder our corporate and personal relationships with Jesus Christ and our service to him.                                                                                                                   

Since early days Christians have observed with great devotion the time of our Lord’s passion and resurrection and prepared for this by a season of penitence and fasting, self-denial and ultimately Christian growth. By carefully keeping these days of Lent, Christians take to heart the call to repentance and the assurance of forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel, and so grow in faith and in devotion to our Lord.

 Dr Deidre Homer, a Methodist preacher reflects on the need for Christians to undertake their own self-giving - responding to God's activity in the world by acting on behalf of those around us and this is one of her prayers for Lent. So I invite you to respond to this call to action as we begin our Lenten journey.

                                                                                   Call to Action

The Israelite prophet Micah said:
"What does the Lord require of you?                                                                

 Only to act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."               

God of mercy and source of justice,
pour on your people such love and compassion that
we cannot remain silent,
we cannot tolerate injustice and poverty.
As your grace fills our hearts
so may we be stirred into action
to demonstrate your love for all the world
and for all creatures that live and move on this earth.                           

Sally Griffiths