From The Rectory
Soren Kierkergaard, the Danish Philosopher wrote:
‘Prayer does not change God, but it changes those who pray.’
As we spend more time in God’s presence, we should be changed by the transforming of our minds, as God gives us peace about our worries and anxieties, helps us to see things in a new way and reveals a path forward.
As a church I feel that it is important to have a focus, and so in 2014 a key focus in St Margaret’s will be prayer.
Rather than starting the year of prayer in January I have decided to wait until Lent. Church tradition encourages us to give something up for Lent as a form of fasting and at its most basic level fasting is about clearing space, to focus on God.
So for Lent this year I’d like to ask you to ‘give up’ some time and to take something on, namely more time with God! To help with this we have produced a leaflet on prayer which is available in the church porch.
Our church commitment to prayer will see the introduction of prayer ministry as part of our third Sunday service, more prayer and praise events (the next one being 730pm on Sunday 2nd March) as well as introducing alternative and creative ways of praying in our services.
As we spend more time with God, it is my hope and prayer that our relationship with Him will deepen.
As I close just let me briefly point to a few other events happening this month. On Wednesday 5th at 730pm we have our Ash Wednesday communion. On Thursday mornings throughout Lent (starting on the 13th March at 10am) we will have morning communion and on Thursday evenings (also starting on the 13th March) we have our Lent course ‘The Long Road to Heaven’.
You are warmly welcome at St Margaret’s, during Lent and at any time so please do join us as we meet to worship God and build each other up in faith.
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