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“Jesus is God's way of dealing with our sins, not only ours but the sins of the whole world.”

(1 John 2:2)

Dear <<First Name>>,

In the first week of Lent, our focus was on the ashes of Ash Wednesday.

This week, the object for you to add to your altar or to carry in your pocket is something broken.

In Lent we give attention to sin, and we usually think of the wrongs we have done or the good that we neglected to do. The truth is that sin is something bigger than our actions; something we cannot overcome by force of will. Our children and youth received a rubber bouncy ball ... well, half a rubber bouncy ball after I broke it with a pair of pliers. I tried playing with one and bouncing it in my flat, but it's honestly hopeless. That's the sort of brokenness that sin brings.

And so we look forward to the wholeness that only God can bring as we wait and prepare for Easter. We think about the ways that our sins have broken our relationship with God or the ways that our selfishness and lack of care for others causes harm in our relationships with others. We pray for the violence and poverty and mental illness caused by sin. And we try to take action to heal the sins that we have done against this planet.

In all of this thinking about sin, it can feel as hopeless as bouncing half of a rubber ball. But we also remember the truth of Lent, that Easter Sunday is coming. It may seem like we have spent a long time in the dark days of Good Friday, but the resurrection is bringing healing and wholeness that we could never accomplish on our own. 
Let's pray together this week for that salvation and healing to overwhelm our world! 

Rest assured that you are held in the grace of God and in my prayers,
Pastor Jared
Lenten Suggestions
 
Daily Prayers
  • Click here to download a PDF of this week's daily Lenten prayers.
  • You can also receive the prayer daily via WhatsApp. Opt-in by adding Pastor Jared as a contact in your mobile device and sending him a WhatsApp message: Jared Jaggers, +44 75656 87333

Create a Lenten Altar with Objects with a Spiritual Focus for Each Week
This week's object is explained above. Below are the objects you can add for the coming weeks.
  • Tea bag – you may already have this one on hand! Simply add one bag to your altar.
  • Stone – a small stone for each member of your household; make sure it will fit in your hand and in a pocket.
  • Chocolates – a piece of chocolate for each member of your household; fair trade if at all possible.
Choose a Traditional Lenten Fast and Focus on Serving Others
  • Click here to download a calendar of "40 acts" to show love toward someone else that day. (It has been created for children, but is suitable for children of all ages!)
  • Sign up for International Justice Mission's “Slave Free Lent” – https://www.ijmuk.org/slavefreelent - IJM will send you text messages with ideas for how take action against human trafficking. Each week of Lent it will challenge you to give up something for that week that often involves labour of enslaved people.
Daily Prayer for Tuesday 23 Feb

Click here to download daily prayers for the coming week.


Lent is a time to take the time

to let the power of our faith story take hold of us,

a time to let the events

get up and walk around in us,

a time to intensify

our living unto Christ,

a time to hover over

the thoughts of our hearts,

a time to place our feet in the streets of Jerusalem

or to walk along the sea and listen to his word,

a time to touch his robe

and feel the healing surge through us,

a time to ponder and a time to wonder …

 

Lent is a time to allow a fresh new taste of God!
 

– Ann Weems, Kneeling in Jerusalem

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