Lent Course 2020

Here at Broseley Benefice we will be joining the Church of England #LIVELENT Lent Course

There are 40 reflections, one for each of the forty days in Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday (which falls on 26 February in 2020) and ends on Easter Eve (Saturday 11 April in 2020), plus one for Easter Day.

We will be reading the Daily Reflections provided for the course, and you can use our Lent Forum to raise any comments or suggestions: let's get a discussion going!

For each week (starting on Sundays from Week 1 onwards) there is:

• A theme, based on the days of creation as described in Genesis 1

• A prayer for use throughout the week, with words taken from well-known hymns.

For each day (Monday to Saturday) there are daily reflections which offer:

• A theme

• A picture

• A very short passage from the Bible

• A short reflection on the theme and reading

• A practical action.

Contact the Rector, Father Christopher, on 01952 882920 or email him at rector@broseleyparishes.org.uk for details on how to join the course

See also https://www.churchofengland.org/livelent for details of other ways to access the course

Introduction to the course

by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York

Lent is a time for reflection. Before the solemnity of Good Friday and the glory of the resurrection on Easter Day, Christians have the opportunity to remember Christ’s withdrawal into the desert for forty days. It is a time to re-evaluate, a moment where we can turn away from the luxuries and distractions of daily life and face God. In so doing we face light, love and life.

Facing God makes Lent a time for renewal. God has entrusted us to look after his wonderful creation. We are called to care for and honour God’s creation as a way of delighting in its Creator. We are also called to care for our brothers and sisters all over the world who face having their families uprooted and their livelihoods destroyed by the effects of climate change. As part of our discipleship to Jesus Christ every single one of us has a responsibility to live a life of stewardship

This Lent, we hope both adults and children might engage in God’s plea for us to “Care for Creation”. It is an opportunity for us to rebuild our relationship with our planet, and in turn with the God who is Lord of everything. During this time, we hope you might engage in prayer, learn more about the remarkable world we have been given and build habits that last beyond the season to protect and honour the earth.

These daily reflections and suggestions will provide you, your family and your church with an opportunity to come together to meet with God and rejoice in the beauty of God’s creation. There are so many ways to be involved with this year’s #LiveLent. Why not download the free app, get a group to pray together, or do some of the activities as a family?

Many Christians use Lent as an opportunity to give something up, to remember that Christ went without during his time in the wilderness. Perhaps you could consider giving something up as well to help the environment: maybe you could forgo single use plastics, use less water or save electricity by turning off lights. If many of us do little things, they can add up to make a big difference. Even if they are marginal, they remind us of the importance of good stewardship.

At this time of year, we are all called to listen and respond to God’s calling of each one of us in humility and repentance, so that Christ’s death and resurrection at the end of Lent can bring the renewal, response and reconciliation that we so long for.