Letter From The Rector

 

 


           

         Letter from the Rector

 

             

         

 

 

 

“#LIVELENT – Care for God’s Creation” From Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday, the season of Lent is a period of approximately six weeks within the churches calendar when Christians are reminded of Jesus Christ's example of sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.  Many people will use this time to fast from both food and festivities and will spend more time in prayerful, contemplation and discipline as they prepare for all the celebrations of Easter. This year as part of my Lenten discipline, I have decided to follow the Church of England’s Lent Campaign for 2020; #LIVELENT, a 40-day challenge entitled “Care for God’s Creation”.  This resource has been inspired by a book called “Saying yes to life” by Ruth Valerio and is a response to God’s call to care for and honour God’s creation. This seems particularly key this year as we celebrate receiving our bronze EcoChurch award with A Rocha, the Christian environmental organisation that helps churches work towards a greener way of life and ministry.   This is something that I want to follow more closely in my own life and so my aim is to make changes and to do my part. #LIVELENT, “Care for God’s Creation” takes us on a journey of reflection and action through lent.  For each day there is a prayer, a reflection and a challenge to help us build good habits that will last beyond the season of Lent.  From turning off lights when they’re not needed, to reducing paper consumption, from creating bird or insect friendly habitats in gardens to planting a tree and from giving thanks to God in prayer for the diversity and beauty of nature to praying for and supporting Christian Aid and Tearfund.  Each small step makes a difference and it changes the way we think about our actions and our responsibility to be good stewards of the earth’s resources. This lent if you want to spend time responding to the call of God to care for creation, consider taking up this challenge.  There are some copies of the #LIVELENT booklet at the back of St Faith’s Church.  Pick up a copy and take up the challenge.  Alternatively look it up online at www.churchofengland.org/livelent. A Prayer “For each perfect gift of thine, to our race so freely given, graces human and divine, flowers of earth and buds of heaven.  Lord of all to thee we raise, this our sacrifice of praise.” From “For the Beauty of the Earth”, by F.S. Pierpoint (1835-1970)

Julie Boyd

 

 

 


 

 

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