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The Dean Writes:
Dear Parishioners and Friends around the world,
Last month I wrote about the Season of Epiphany; about the Wise Man seeking out and finding Jesus and worshipping Him,
and the message for us is to be wise people who seek, serve and worship Jesus.
February witnessed the end of the Epiphany Season and the beginning of Lent. At Candlemas we remembered that we have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light simply by trusting in Christ - the Babe of Bethlehem. However, that is only the beginning of the work that Christ wishes to complete in us. We are now to cooperate with Him by allowing His faith and hope and love to expand within and among us. We are created for fellowship and friendship with God, we are given responsibilities as a worshipping community to care for God’s world and live righteously in it and to care for one another as we grow in faith. The resources available to us during Lent are an invitation to continue to grow in faith - see page 7 of our monthly magazine (viewable also on-line by clicking HERE) for details of Daily Bible Readings through Lent. See page 6 about our weekly Lenten Services on Wednesdays and Thursdays. As the Body of Christ we need to be deeply inter-connected so that we can encourage each other in faith, help each other persevere in the face of challenges and broaden and deepen our understanding of the Christian life, so that we can live the Gospel more faithfully.
The promise that carries us from Christmas into Lent is that God changes hearts, that God forgives, that God renews every aspect of our life. As one of our Collects states:
‘Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our life make known your heavenly glory.’
Lent offers the invitation to return to God in a very deliberate way and be transformed by His grace. For in the returning we are healed and through the healing we are renewed.
As Lent can be a time for a ‘fresh start’ and ‘new approach’ please make every effort to attend church on Sundays and mid-week, and if you have not been out for while it would be a delight to see you!
Admittedly, its greatest music appeal would be to people in the age range 15-35, but there are also inspirational messages, information features and news bulletins with at times a distinctly Christian slant. It is entirely non-denominational.
Ash Wednesday and Lent - Special Services
ASH WEDNESDAY 26th February:7.30pm - Penitential Service with Holy Communion
Each year, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and is always forty six days before Easter Sunday. Lent is a forty day season (not counting Sundays) marked by repentance, fasting, reflection and ultimately celebration. The forty day period represents Christ’s time of temptation in the wilderness, where he fasted and where Satan tempted him. Lent asks believers to set aside a time each year for similar fasting, marking an intentional season of focus on Christ’s life, ministry, sacrifice, and resurrection.
Ash Wednesday starts Lent by focusing the Christian’s heart on repentance and prayer, usually through personal and communal confession.
Following this, there will be a 7.30pm Service of Compline each Wednesday from 4th March to 1st April. These short services won't take much of a bite out of your evening and are beautiful times of worship and reflection for all who attend. Everyone is welcome, whether Church of Ireland members or not.