We're into the second week of our 2018 'Thy Kingdom Come' prayer focus. This Sunday we will focus on the Lord's prayer. Glenis has put together some Prayer Stations focusing on the Lord's Prayer which we will spend some time in the service reflecting on. These will be used both during the 9am service in the hall and the Messy Church that follows.
We also will take time to remind ourselves that we have committed to praying for five (5) people to become Christ and/or find God's blessing in some significant way. Next Sunday (Pentecost) we will hear from some of you how our praying has worked out.
In the interview below between Archbishop Justin Welby and Rachel Jordan Wolf (the C of E National Mission & Evangelism Adviser) we will hear them reflecting on what it means to pray, "Thy Kingdom Come". Perhaps this discussion will help us to deepen our praying as we uphold our five.
Lent Studies – Transformation
I had decided to commit to lent this year and so with that intention I signed up for a Lent study course, 'Transformation' was the theme. Did that mean I was going to be transformed to a beautiful butterfly? Was there hope for me? The expectation was high. And so it was that found myself once a week with other church members huddled together at the church hall for a couple of hours a week for six weeks.
Lent is a very powerful time, where we are asked to take the time to consider what Jesus means in our lives. Although this can be somewhat hard as we deal with today’s extremely busy world full of constant distractions. And I am easily distracted, however I did my best to be focused.
Each week we walked Jesus’s journey towards the cross as recorded in the book of John. We stopped off at various points and delved deeper into passages. As the members shared their interpretations and meanings of the various verses, the bible became more alive for me and gave me a greater understanding and fuller appreciation of those written words than I had before.
As the group began to trust one another, some shared their life experiences that related to the passages we studied. I considered they knew that they were being protected by the holy spirit. Still I considered this honesty an honour that they felt they could share their feelings within the group. It helped me to understand them in a way that I hadn’t before, they had become three dimensional instead of just the one I saw each Sunday morning.
At the end of it all, did I turn into a beautiful butterfly? Well, my outside remained the same, but I know that there was something different stirring inside. The caterpillar inside was wanting to eat more. I learn’t that Lent is about an internal journey regardless of whether it was taken alongside others. That the ability to tune into God at deeper level is truly what lent is about, the enhancing of a personal relationship with God is biggest gift that Lent could give, and sharing this journey with other special people was just a delightful bonus.
Diane - April 2017
N.B. Thank you Diane. We are always looking for feedback about how the life of St Hilda's Church, and walking the Christian Way, has impacted you. Your contribution (with permission) may be published in this Church Blog.
Terry - Interim PIC