|Posted by Canon Linda Nixon on March 17, 2015 at 1:45 AM|
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is hard to believe that Lent is just around the corner, (so is spring!). As Lent is here early let us hope for an early spring!
In our liturgical calendar, (which includes the lectionary - scripture readings, and church seasons marked by the colours of our hangings) the church does some strange things. For instance, the lectionary bounces around from baby Jesus to grown Jesus many times over from
Christmas to Lent. It seems we have barely finished celebrating the birth of Jesus and now we are preparing for his crucifixion.
The liturgical calendar starts with Advent. This marks the beginning of a new year in the church. It then cycles in seasons and special days - Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week -Tridiuum, Easter and Pentecost (which is ordinary time). We may wonder why we do this.
It has been said that the Liturgical Calendar is a tool that kindles the hearts of Christians so that they will remember God’s marvellous plan of salvation and grace that was accomplished through the birth, life, death and rising of Christ, who once again walks the earth in our time and presence.
Walking this way through our faith reminds us of Jesus’ life here on earth, both 2000 some years ago and today.
We are the hands and feet of Christ, we are his body present on earth. His ministry continues through you and me. If that isn’t scary I don’t know what is. It is an awesome responsibility and at the same time it is an awesome privilege!
Lent, I think, is meant to be the five weeks of the year that we really give this some serious thought. So my hope and prayer for us all during this season is that we find something that we really want to learn or experience more in our spiritual journey. Maybe it’s prayer, or reading scripture. Think about joining the Conversation this Easter Season “Making Sense of the Christian Faith”. Being more intentional about learning about our faith and our Christian story can only deepen our relationship with God so that we can serve better.
With regards to service, perhaps we also give serious thought to what it is we are called to do, to accomplish, to become. What are God’s plans for us? Perhaps it is mission work. Perhaps it is serving in the church. Stop and Listen … Where are you being called?
During Lent we see Jesus’s mission and ministry deepening to the point of giving up his life for us. Let us walk with him, so that we may grow in understanding and passion. Lent calls to us so that our love for Jesus and desire to walk with him may be rekindled as we carry his light with us out into the world.
Have a Blessed and Holy Lent as we prepare for the Holiest of Seasons this Easter!
Yours in Christ,
LENTEN CALENDAR of EVENTS
Sun. Mar. 22 8:30 a.m. Holy Communion BCP
Fifth Sunday in Lent 10:00 a.m. Holy Communion BAS
7:30 p.m. Lenten Worship
Wed. Mar. 25 7:00 p.m. Lenten Bible Study with Bishop Terry, Trinity Church Cambridge
Sun. Mar. 29 8:15 a.m. Breakfast
PALM SUNDAY 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion BAS
Wed. Apr. 1 7:00 p.m. Lenten Bible Study with Bishop Terry, All Saints Church Waterloo
Thurs. Apr. 2 6:00 p.m. Pot Luck Seder Supper
MAUNDY THURSDAY 8:00 p.m. Holy Communion, Stripping of the Altar, Foot Washing
Fri. Apr. 3 10:00 a.m. Good Friday Service
GOOD FRIDAY 7:00 p.m. Movie: Jesus Christ Superstar
Sat. Apr. 4 TBA At St. John’s Anglican Church
Sun. Apr. 5 8:30 a.m. Holy Communion BCP
EASTER SUNDAY 10:00 a.m. Holy Communion BAS