Moston Methodist Church

Minister – Rev Sharon Read

POSTED ON: 19 February 2021

Letter from our minister 19/02/2021

Friday 19th February 2021

Dear Friends,

Lent has begun and we had opportunity together as a circuit to join for Ash Wednesday where we considered our Lent commitment. As I shared in the service on Sunday, we have given up so much already this year so I didn’t encourage you to give up anything else. Instead let’s commit to doing something else to help our relationship with Jesus as we walk with him. What do you hope to do during Lent this year? How can you make a difference to those about you this lent? What can you do to help others this Lent? Write it down and put it somewhere to remind you every morning.

As a holiday club team we have encouraged families to take part in lent activities: 40 selfcare activities to show yourself some love and 40 challenges to do. You will receive these with the letter this week and I encourage you to place them somewhere and colour in as you go. There are evening zoom meetings throughout Lent: Tuesdays with Rev Al Lowe and Thursdays with Rev Caroline Wickens. Please see the circuit website for further information.

Six short prayers to use throughout the Lenten period:

Lord, as we enter Lent help us to draw near to you in praise, stripping away all that distracts us from worship. Amen

As Jesus resisted temptation by the devil in the wilderness, help us reflect on his faithfulness to God, his rejection of worldly values and hold these thoughts in our hearts throughout Lent and beyond. Amen

Jesus, you prayed and fasted. As your disciple teach me about spiritual discipline in my relationship with you. Amen

Lord may Lent be a time of inward searching that makes me more able to look with compassion at the needs of the world. Amen

Thank you Lord for desert experiences, when being confronted with myself makes me realise my need of you. Amen

Lord, you've guided us through the difficult days of Lent, encouraging us along the way. We pray as we move towards the darkest day, that you'll not forsake us but remind us of our Saviour's ultimate gift and promise of new, abundant, eternal life for all who believe and trust in him, your precious son, Jesus. Amen

One of the things I am going to attempt this lent is to read 3 chapters a day of the gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke then John and by Holy Week, I will have read all 4 gospels to see afresh who Jesus is and what He does for you and me.

John 3:16 says, ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’

For God so loved the world, for God so loved this country, for God so loved our community, for God so loved YOU! This Lent may you know how loved you are by Him.

Stay safe. Stay well. Hold each other in prayer. Don’t forget, I would love to hear your story of faith this February. Please get in touch.

Love and prayers, Sharon

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