A NOTE FROM MARION THOMAS
I am writing this during Lent, traditionally a time for giving something up. But the Lenten discipline is about so much more than depriving ourselves of things we enjoy - it is about taking something up. Taking the time to reflect on the gracious and undeserved generosity of God offered to each one of us in the life, and more especially in the death and resurrection, of Jesus Christ.
Prayer is always important at such special times, but hopefully our Lenten discipline can also encourage us to look for new and deeper ways of growing our spirituality throughout the year. When we try to do that on our own there is always so much that can get in the way, and I’m sure we are all guilty of putting off spending time with God because there is “so much to do”. But John Wesley is famously quoted as saying “I have so much to do that I spend several hours in prayer before I am able to do it.” There’s a challenge! If you are anything like me you will need help and encouragement with this, so I want to let you know about some opportunities that are coming up.
“Thy Kingdom Come” is an initiative of Churches Together in England. We are asked to pray in the days leading up to Pentecost, from 25 May - 4 June, for mission and evangelism. It is hoped that each church will participate in a way that is right for them, and where possible will share in this with other churches in their local area. There are plenty of resources at https://www.thykingdomcome.global so if nothing is planned where you live, why not take the initiative and arrange something?
For those who are happy to go a bit farther afield, I have been sent information about a couple of forthcoming events. A series of creative quiet days with the title “Prayerful Imaging” are being held over the summer months at Keld URC. And on 28th October the Hidden Houses of Prayer movement is holding its annual get-together at Liverpool Cathedral. Please feel free to contact me for more details of either of these.
And however you choose to do it, I pray that you will find an opportunity to grow in your spiritual life over the months ahead.
Synod Silence and Retreats Co-ordinator