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:
Strengthen the weary
The 9 July is the seventh anniversary of South Sudan’s independence. It’s also the date set for the general elections. Please pray for our sisters and brothers in South Sudan, who have endured years of conflict, hunger, and hardship. Pray the election will pass peacefully and for reconciliation between communities. Pray for all those who are severely hungry. Pray communities will be able to reap a harvest to see them through the ‘hunger season’. Give thanks for Christian Aid partners providing food vouchers, training and support to communities.
Gracious God, strengthen those who are weary and for those working for peace in South Sudan. May the conflict finally end and communities have a chance to thrive. Amen.
Read the spring 2018 Campaign Update from our Christian Aid Committee.
The Kings Langley Christian Aid Annual Report for 2017 is available for download.