Lenten Journey

Lent is often viewed as a journey – from the mountaintop to the cross, from the wilderness to the city, from doubt to faithful obedience. It is a time when we follow Jesus en route to Jerusalem and when we can make our own spiritual journey exploring issues of faith for ourselves.

Of course journeys also involve an element of waiting – for the time to come when we set off, or at the junction waiting for the lights to change, at a station for the train, at an airport for check in, for the taxi … and we all deal with waiting in different ways. For some it is an exciting time – full of anticipation; for others it is an opportunity, time to watch the world go by, or read a book or explore something different; for many it is tedious boredom – a time to be avoided at all costs!

In Lent we look forward with anticipation for the Easter story, yet step forward with apprehension on the road to the cross. On the way we take time to pause and look at the world in which we live and wonder at God’s response and our own reaction. From a personal point of view I look forward to this first Lent with you, wondering how it is marked in these churches, exploring your ways for the first time. We have organised two afternoon events at Stoke on 11th and 25th March when we will wait at the foot of the mountain and plan the journey to the city – it would be good if you could join us.

Our time of waiting to begin a journey together has ended and I’m delighted to be here with you. Now it is time to get to know one another and most of all to see what God has in store for us. I look forward to worshipping with you, finding reasons to socialise and working amongst you in whatever ways emerge. I like my tea in a mug, hot and strong and am partial to the odd biscuit or two – even when Chris claims I’m on a diet!

Be Blessed

Craig

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