Lent 6 – 28th March

It is finished – cross

Then Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said: ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit’ Luke 23:46

Take a cross and trace your fingers over it.  Hold it in your hand and feel its shape.

How can the cross remind us to trust in the way of love and know that we are not forgotten?

How can we dare ourselves to follow the way of love – the whole way?

 Prayer: 

In the silence may we hear your cry of abandonment; in the shattering of your soul may our brokenness be healed. Amen

Lent 4 – 14th March

Mothering Love – heart

This week the church remembers the mothering love of God. In the middle of Lent we give thanks for all who show us this mothering love – a strong love, a challenging love, an encouraging love, a healing love.

Hold the heart in your hand as you reflect on these Bible Verses

Proverbs 23:25 NIV 

May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful!

 

John 19:26-27 NIV 

When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

 

Hosea 11:3-4 NIV

God: “Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I who took them up in my arms; but they did not know that I healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them.”

 

Take time to reflect and give thanks for those who have “mothered” you – physically and spiritually.

 

Prayer:

God of love, passionate and strong, tender and careful: watch over us and hold us all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Lent 3 – 7th March

Woman at the well – blue cloth

The Samaritan woman gives Jesus a drink of water. They speak together for a long time. He tells her about living water – to revive the spirit and bring hope. She believes and others believe because of her.

Read the story of the Woman at the well – John 4:1-30 .

Give thanks for those who continue to help you believe.

Get in touch with someone who needs to know they matter.

Support a charity that works to provide clean water for all, eg WaterAid.

Prayer: 

O God, may we thirst for your waters of justice, and learn to deny no one the water of life. Amen

Lent 2 – 28th February

Questions from Nicodemus – footprint

Nicodemus, a religious leader, comes to Jesus to ask his questions. Lent is a good time to try to be open about our questions. Maybe we can even ‘cherish the questions’ and ‘have patience with all that is unsolved’

Read the story of Nicodemus – John 3:1-21.

On a footprint, write a question as a Lent prayer.

Prayer: 

Walk among us, grace of God, teaching us the questions of the kingdom. Amen

Lent 1 – 21st February

Into the Wilderness – Sand

Just between his baptism and the beginning of his adult ministry,  Jesus went into the wilderness for 40 days, “to be tested”.

Read the story of Jesus wandering in the desert – Luke 4:1-11

I wonder …

  • Have you ever felt that you have been tempted?
  • When have you walked on hard, barren or stony ground?
  • What have you learned there? What might you learn there?

Prayer:

Holy God, help us when we walk through the difficult places in our lives. Help us to know that the closer we walk to you, the closer you will be to us. Amen.