Living Lent – Day 39

Read… Isaiah 52: 1353: 12

He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account.

It was amazing to see so many people a few Saturdays ago when we shared our development proposals with our neighbours and those who currently hire the building. This event brought home to me just how important it is to have a place where so many different aspects of community life can take place. Particularly when due to tight budgets elsewhere these resources are being reduced in other parts of the city. The church and faith groups have always provided places where different generations can meet and learn from one another. In this way we will help to light up our local community.

My prayer is that as we continue to use the current building and seek to improve it that these premises will continue to provide a meeting and learning point for many generations to come.

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

Father James Keller (1900 – 1977, Roman Catholic priest)

Ponder… If you have time, look at Romans 5: 6-21. Might today’s passage have helped to shape Paul’s thinking here?

Pray… FOR OUR COMMUNITY We think today of all of those who use our church buildings. We thank God that our premises offer a warm and welcoming environment for such a variety of groups and pray that all who use our building may know that they are a valued and important part of our community. FOR THE WORLD Take a while to consider a huge variety of opportunities we have for friendship, hospitality, music, arts, sport and learning. We thank God for all of those who teach or run activities for others and we pray especially for creative therapies or those activities which offer help in situations that seem hopeless.

Act… Find out what someone has given up for Lent, and buy it as a present to give to them on Easter Day.