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Thought For The Week 10 March

Welcome to our services today, the first Sunday in the season of Lent. Lent is a period of 40 days in which we are invited to reflect and prepare for Easter.  Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness right after his baptism to prepare for his public ministry. Forty days without food, company or comfort. Forty days without distraction. The season of Lent invites us to consider what in our lives distracts us from fully serving and following our saviour? Traditionally Christians have given up certain things- coffee, chocolate etc- for Lent in recognition that Christ emptied his life for us.

In this spirit we will be inviting you to participate in the Matthew 25 challenge through the week of 24-31 March. There are 6 daily challenges based on the parable of the sheep and goats (“I was hungry, I was thirsty…”) which help us to live and feel what the poor live and feel. It is hoped that this will not just help us engage with an important passage of scripture but will spur us to action on behalf of the most vulnerable and needy in our world. I hope you will give it a go if you can. More details on how you can participate will be given in our services leading up to the launch on Sunday 24th.

Also, thanks to those who participated and contributed to the Cancer Society’s Relay for Life on Saturday. This was a good example of us living and sharing God’s love.


Brent Richardson


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