Lent and Easter 2019
The English word 'Lent' means 'Spring', but
this doesn't express the significance of the six-week period of spiritual
discipline before Easter. It is believed
that its origin lies in the formal and final period of preparation of
candidates for baptism at Easter. It later became transformed into a period of
general devotional preparation for Easter for all.
Lent covers the period from Ash
Wednesday to Easter Eve, of
which the 40 days (not including
Sundays) are devoted to fasting and penitence in commemoration of Christ's
fasting in the wilderness. Today, very few people actually fast for this
period, although different people respond to the opportunity at different
Fasting is the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food and/or drink, for a period
of time. Some
people go without their favourite, or some treat for the period, and the money
saved is given to a good cause. Today,
more and more people are choosing to do things instead of give up things, e.g.
follow a regular pattern of bible readings from the temptations up to Easter,
visit people known to be lonely, volunteer for a charity.
Whatever you decide to do, make it
purposeful – read a book, read the Bible, do something you’ve been meaning to
do – something that will help you in your life or help others in theirs. Is
there something you take for granted in your life – something that others are
dying for – clean water, shelter, warmth, food?? Find out how you could support
some of the charities working with these people.
However you choose to make use of Lent,
I hope that through it you will meet the living Christ as you seek to follow him
on the 'Way of the Cross'. Make Lent a positive time, but also a meaningful
time as we walk the way of the cross with our Lord.
Rev Tony Malcolm
Other Circuit events coming up
6 June Local Preachers and worship Leaders' Meeting at Leytonstone Methodist Church, starting at 7.30pm
8 June Messy Vintage at Loughton Methodist Church, 2.30-5.00pm
13 June Circuit Leadership Team meeting at venue TBC
20 June Circuit Meeting at Winchester Road Methodist Church, starting at 7.30pm
11 July Messy Vintage at Loughton Methodist Church, 2.30-5.00pm
10 August Messy Vintage at Loughton Methodist Church, 2.30-5.00pm