Wishing you a very happy Eastertide from all at St Giles’
Lord of all life and power,
who through the mighty resurrection of your Son
overcame the old order of sin and death
to make all things new in him:
grant that we, being dead to sin
and alive to you in Jesus Christ,
may reign with him in glory;
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be praise and honour, glory and might,
now and in all eternity.
We were very pleased to welcome a special guest to St Giles’ this morning! Bishop Karowei has visited us once before but today was a chance to meet our regular Sunday morning parishioners and lead the service. We were very pleased to present a welcome card and a rather delicious cake!
Now is the healing time decreed
for sins of heart and word and deed,
when we in humble fear record
the wrong that we have done the Lord.
(Latin, before 12th century)
If you’ve visited St Giles’ recently, you will have noticed that our church looks a little bare. The flowers have disappeared; liturgical dress is simple and even the music we sing and listen to is a bit quieter and more subdued than usual.
But this state of affairs is temporary. We’re currently observing the season of Lent, a time when Christians try to live simpler lives. Lent can be a time of self-examination, penitence, giving, self-denial and study. It prepares the way for us to commemorate Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross during Holy Week – and ends at Easter when we celebrate Jesus’ victory over death.
For most people, finding time to explore these traditional Lenten themes in the 21st Century is very difficult. In centuries past, there were no pesky phone calls or energy-tapping Emails getting in the way. But perhaps therein lies the solution…
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And if you have an iPhone or an Android device, you can even download the LiveLent app. It looks super sharp and contains a short reading, a pause for reflection and prayer, and an idea for a simple action that will enable the light of Jesus to shine through your everyday life. And if you’d prefer to receive an Email – in this case a truly energising one – you can subscribe here.
We wish you well during this season of Lent and pray that Christ will give you the grace to grow in holiness, to deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow him.