Thank you to everyone who has already responded to Our Vision and our Gift Day appeal to ‘prayerfully consider tithing’, giving 10% of our income to the work of God’s kingdom. There was a great celebration at 10.30 and 18.30 services; a spirit of unity and thankfulness as well as a sense that God is with us as we seek to invest in the next generation and see the Church in Leeds and the North grow. We have a great God and a great vision, but we are only human. On our own we are weak and we struggle and fall. Thankfully God already knows this:
“He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.” (Psalm 78:39)
We need to remember our frailty and learn how to rely on God and on each other. Lent is a time when we do this; when we humble ourselves before God. It begins on 18 Feb, Ash Wednesday, when we will have a Communion Service in Church at 7.30pm including the traditional ritual of ‘ashing’. It is a wonderful time for reflection. When we humble ourselves, God draws near and strengthens us; when we rush on ahead we often come unstuck. I know this from much personal experience!
Do be thinking about what you might do differently this Lent: what new habit would help you to draw close to God? How about praying through the Psalms? Take the time to read a book or keep a journal of how God leads you?
There is a diary to help us pray for Leeds during Lent, available in the Church foyer and I will be giving some more suggestions at the Ash Wednesday service.