Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and is a forty day period of prayer and preparation as we ready ourselves for the joy of Easter. There are lots of different ways to approach this season but beginning well is certainly key and so I encourage all of you to come to join us for a service on Ash Wednesday itself – click here for details of the services.
Then, what comes next is up to you, but we have plenty of choice on offer. The overall theme is entitled ‘The Greatest Love’ as we reflect on the very many ways that God’s love is revealed in the death and resurrection of Jesus, and within the programme there is something on offer most days. Each talk or service does not rely on being at the previous one so come to whatever you can as we ‘keep a good Lent’.
SUNDAYS at 6.30 pm LOVE DIVINE
On Sunday evenings we’re going to be worshipping in a wide range of styles from formal and choral to informal and reflective services using Celtic and Taizé forms of worship. During each service a short Lenten address looking at ‘Hymns of Love’ will be offered to encourage us on our journey through Lent.
The Way of the Cross – in music & readings
MONDAYS at 12 noon LOVE WINS
On Monday lunchtimes we meet in the Transept and enjoy some friendship and lunch together, sharing a simple (but very delicious) meal of homemade soup, bread and fruit. As we do this we’re going to talk about life, death, funerals and heaven using the excellent ‘Grave Talk’ material. It sounds a bit heavy but I can assure you that the relaxed, open and informal discussions will be fascinating as we reflect together on the meaning and purpose of life and the hope of heaven offered in the resurrection of Jesus.
|What makes life good and special?
Is death to be feared? What makes for a good death?
How does society deal with death and mortality?
What does a good funeral look like?
What helps us to grieve? Where do we find hope?
TUESDAYS at 9.00 pm THE GREATEST OF THESE…
On Tuesday evenings we will gather in the Church and be led in a fifteen minute reflection on the gift of love that is so central to all it is to be human and consider why it is God’s will for us to be people of love. Each address will be followed by a time of quiet and then the prayerful service of Compline.
|God is love
Love your neighbour
Love is the badge
Showing the world another way
Growing in love
WEDNESDAYS at 10.00 am ‘CHRIST IN THE WILDERNESS’ at New Forge Place
Ecumenical discussion and study group using the book ‘Christ in the Wilderness by the Bishop of Chelmsford which will be looking at several pictures by the renowned artist Stanley Spencer. All welcome.
21st, 28th February and 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th March
WEDNESDAYS at 7.30 pm TEACH US TO LOVE
During Lent we enhance our usual Wednesday Eucharist with a five minute ‘Thought for the Day’ – an inspiring reflection based on a passage from chapter 18 of the Gospel according to St Mark.
|Mark 18. 1-8
Mark 18. 9-14
Mark 18. 15-17
Mark 18. 18-30
Mark 18. 31-43
|The parable of the widow and the unjust judge
The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector
Jesus blesses the little children
The rich ruler
Jesus again foretells his passion and heals a blind beggar
THURSDAYS at 8.00 pm ‘THE PASSION’, St Mary’s Transept
On Thursday evenings we will be gathering to watch four sections of the superb BBC film ‘The Passion’ which bring to life the final days and events in Jesus’ life. Each section of film will be followed by refreshments and a chance for questions and discussion.
22nd February and 1st, 8th and 15th March
To complete the series we offer the following:
22nd March – Service of Tenebrae in Church
FRIDAYS at 12.30 pm LENT CHARITY LUNCHES, at Redbourn Methodist Church
On Friday lunchtimes, the Redbourn Churches will take it in turn to provide a simple lunch at the Methodist Church as we share together and socialise. Donations equivalent to the cost of your lunch are invited and these will be given away to the charities we’re supporting this Lent.
23rd February and 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd March
Yours in Christ,