The Church is in the period of Lent, which will lead to the events of Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and finally Easter Sunday when we celebrate the resurrection, Jesus’ victory over death and evil and brokenness. What are you doing to make this Lenten period meaningful as we journey towards Easter? In my message last Sunday, I made the comment that if we give up chocolates, but it does not draw us any closer to God, then what is the point? Lent is a time for self-examination and reflection, for looking at the dusty areas of our lives and allowing God’s sunlight to break through and give us new perspective and new possibilities. If we choose to deny ourselves during Lent, then when we are tempted, we do not overcome in our own strength, but we read God’s word, pray and sing hymns as we seek God’s help to overcome and to grow.
Lent could also be an opportunity to hear what God is saying about his call on our lives. Are we where God wants us to be? Should we be moving on or doing something differently? At Hemel Hempstead we are doing a series of lectures on a Tuesday evening at 8.00pm, entitled “What is on your heart? “. We are looking at what issue God has given you a burden for. We have looked at depression and will in the next few weeks consider the Refugee Crisis, the Missing Generation, the work of Christian Aid, Freedom to Prisoners and finally Stop the Traffik. At Kings Langley, Churches Together are embarking on a Monday morning Lent course (details on the website). The church offers worship, but we also have a heart for social justice issues and for our community. If you are interested in finding out more about what we do or if you would like to attend any of these sessions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I pray that your Lenten journey would be meaningful and special and that you will be renewed in your faith and enthusiasm for God’s word.
Revd Vindra Maraj-Ogden
(Methodist Minister, Hemel Hempstead, Kings Langley and Cluster churches)
Christian Aid Prayers:
Island to Island
Give thanks for the Island to Island Appeal and the opportunity to connect island communities in the British Isles with island communities in the Philippines. Pray that this will be a fruitful and meaningful partnership where communities can feel a sense of solidarity as they share experiences of the vulnerability of island living.
God on the edge, we live obedient and vulnerable to the rhythm of ebb and flow, accustomed to disruption, expectant of isolation, though here more than most we know no one is an island. Amen.
Christian Aid Prayers: 50 years of Christian Aid in Kings Langley
50 years ago someone had a vision of a world that could be different and they could do something about it, starting with others in Kings Langley. Since then others have caught that vision and many have played their part, often at some sacrifice, to bring justice and hope to the poor. Next Sunday we will be celebrating that at Kings Langley School. A lot has gone into the preparation for this day and now we ask you to pray for all those involved, including Rowan Williams and the school who will be sharing in it with us. Pray that our own vision will be renewed and that we will understand afresh the difference that can be made as God works through us to others.
Christian Aid 50th Anniversary United Service: 22 April 10.30. Kings Langley School
This special service will take place next Sunday and will include people from our churches, the local community and the school. Dr Rowan Williams will be our guest speaker. The school will play an active party with the choir singing and sharing in the Q&A after the meal. It promises to be a very special occasion. A list is available in the church to sign today please if you want to stay for the light lunch and if you need transport. Activities will be available for the children and young people.
Read the Winter 2017/18 Campaign Update from our Christian Aid Committee.
The Kings Langley Christian Aid Annual Report for 2016 is available for download.