Lent 2022

Lent (Wednesday 2 March to Friday 14 April) offers an opportunity for us to discover new depths to prayer and spiritual growth, as we learn and grow together.

our Ash Wednesday Communion service was live-streamed on youtube – click here 

Following on from Richard’s sermon on Ash Wednesday, here are some sugges­tions for verses to memorise during Lent this year.

We recommend the Church of England’s theme for Lent 2022. #LiveLent: Embracing Justice

We are called to reflect on the injustices of the world and ask what God is calling us to do about them. Over forty days, we step into God’s work in the here and now – and in doing so we move from brokenness towards wholeness. 

Those who already have the Church of England app, will find that it automatically updates. The app will offer a daily Bible reading, a short reflection and a prayer, as well as a practical challenge linked to the week’s theme.  Each week follows a different thread through the many stories of justice in the Bible to explore how God works with humanity to bring justice, wholeness and salvation to all.

Visit this page to sign up to the daily reflection emails

Practising Silence – 2020

2020 videos below

Click here for the pdf on the steps of Lectio Divinia

The Videos below are for session three on 17 March.

Life can be busy. So busy that it is difficult to find space and time to pray. And when we do find the time, our minds can be so cluttered with Twitter feeds, distractions and to-do lists that the prospect of spending time in silence seems daunting.

In our hyper-stimulated world, we long to ‘practice the presence of God’ but more often than not ‘practice the presence of distraction’.

Inspired by our lent book, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, we will be running 4 evening sessions designed to explore how we can ‘practice silence’ and deepen our capacity to remain quiet in God’s presence.

 Is this for me? Whatever your spirituality or worshipping preference, chorus or choral, incense or stadium haze, hands clasped or hands aloft, the way of Jesus necessitates times of silence and solitude.

This is an opportunity to learn together, develop simple ways to help us remain in a place of stillness, and ultimately deepen our relationship with God during Lent and beyond.

A lent fast with a difference

The Carbon Fast

This year at St Michael’s rather than giving up chocolate for Lent, we’re aiming to give up carbon. 

The Carbon Fast is a national church initiative. How can we join in? Many are giving up their car commute and walking, cycling, using public transport or car-sharing instead. Some are changing all their light bulbs to low energy or increasing loft insulation in their homes. Even turning the thermostat down by 2 degrees will make a difference.

On Saturday 8th March Revd James Wilson will be speaking about the carbon fast at the Saturday Breakfast

 

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday 5 March.

More information at www.thecarbonfast.org