Easter At All SaintS
A Lenten Prayer from Iona
We believe that God is present
in the darkness before dawn;
in the waiting and uncertainy
where fear and courage join hands,
conflict and caring link arms,
and the sun rises over barbed wire.
We believe in a with-us God
Who sits down in our midst
to share our humanity.
We affirm a faith
That takes us beyond the safe place
into action, into vulnerability.
and into the streets.
We commit ourselves to work for change
and put us on the line;
to bear responsibility, to take risks,
live powerfully and face humiliation;
to stand with those on the edge;
to chose life
and be used by the Spirit
for God’s new community of hope.
Easter Activites at All Saints
Easter Workshop - come & join the fun!
We will be holding our very popular Easter Workshop on Good Friday as usual. We would appreciate help from as many people as possible. There will be a sign-up sheet in church, please do come along and help and invite your friends, family and neighbours with children. For those who are bringing children please can you complete and return a registration form in advance of the day.
For the workshop registration form please click here.
As part of our Easter flowers we will this year be dedicating our arrangement on the font to the memory of those we have loved and lost. If you would like to make a donation to the flowers and have the name of your loved one added to the dedication notice please place your money in an envelope and write on it Easter flowers and who you would like remembered. The envelope can be placed into the post-box or handed into the office.
Readings for Lent
Here are some suggestions for readings during the Lent period.
The first suggestions is a Lent prayer tree. This fits well with our current topic of persisting in prayer - the tree could be a great tool to help you do this. It could also make a great project for a family to do in Lent and this tree could help you take up daily prayer. The Prayer tree can be found (and ordered) here.
For those who would like a book, I suggest Reconciliation by Muthuraj Swamy, which is also the recommendation by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Though chapters are short, there is also a Bible passage to read every day. This is a rich book and one that will require more focus and thought, but I think it covers a critical topic and I am looking forward to working my way through it. If you want to know more, you can watch videos of Justin and Muthuraj in conversation here and here.
Finally, the Diocesan Lent Project will be emailing out daily thoughts and reflections to help people become more confident and prayerful disciples - this is perfect timing for us as it fits so well with our vision plan this year. Please follow this link to sign up for this service.