Letting go & embracing new life where we find it
You can download these readings as a printable pdf here.
Across Christian traditions, Lent is the season of reflection and preparation in the weeks leading up to Easter and its celebration of new life. Depending on your story, Lent might not be on your radar, it might be about giving up chocolate for a few weeks, or it may play/ have played a significant part in your spiritual practice. As we head toward another Easter physically apart, this Lenten season it feels important for us to explore Lent as a time of ‘letting go’ of what weighs us down as we embrace the strength and dignity that comes from being fully included and loved by God … whatever our stories.You might want to download this Lent Calendar written by IGB folks for Red Letter Christians UK. It’s filled with daily readings and activities, between Ash Wednesday and Easter.
As Lent begins with Ash Wednesday (17th February, some of us will be missing the annual practice of receiving a cross of palm ash as a blessing on our foreheads. This year, we remember Ash Wednesday by posting these special stones marked with Glitter+Ash. You can read more about this practice here and find a Glitter+Ash Prayer.
Palm Sunday (28th March 2021)
10-11 AM- Palm Sunday Prayer & Meditation Walk
4pm – Palm Sunday Gathering on Facebook Live & YouTube with 5:15 Zoom. We will be joined by Jewish Feminist New Testament Scholar Dr Amy-Jill Levine discussing the Passion of Jesus in historical context.
Maundy Thursday (1 April 2021)
Good Friday (2 April 2021)
On Good Friday, we consider the dissonance of this night of pain and loss being called ‘good’ (Mark 15:21-41). Remember, love conquers death. And there is nothing, NOTHING that separates you from the love of God.
Holy Saturday (3 April 2021)
2pm – Unorthodox Easter Walk
5:30-8pm – Community Meal on Zoom
On Holy Saturday (Matthew 27:57-66) we will be cooking and eating a simple meal together online. As part of this meal, we will light a candle together to remember the importance of hospitality. We long for the day we can sit together around the table.
Easter Sunday (4 April) 2021
9-9:30 AM – Morning Prayer & Reflection on Zoom
This afternoon, take some time to plant Wildflower seeds as a celebration of life (John 11:25-26). If you received seeds as part of our Lent packs, you can use them. If not any will do.