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We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his Kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, and the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the profits. We believe in one holy catholic and apostilic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit
A message from the Vicar
It doesn't seem too long ago since we welcomed in the season of Christmas. yet this month we begin our Lenten pilgrimage, the journey towards Easter, starting on Ash Wednesday on 14th February.
The Monday before Ash Wednesday is known as Collop Monday, a day to cook and use up all meat produce before Lent. Shrove tuesday follows; traditionally a day of up dairy and fatty goods. it gets it's name from the ritual of shriving. In shriving, a person confesses their sins and receives absolution [forgiveness] , freeing them from the guilt and pain theu have caused. It is also a day to use up all the things that you may decide to give up during Lent and a good excuse for making pancakes.
The Romans and the Celts considered February the beginning of spring, when the days lengthen and snowdrops, primroses and bluebells begin to appear. Birds are building their nests and gardeners are planning, sowing or nurturing seedlings. This is a month to look forward and there is much to look forward too.
Lent is an exciting time, a time of opportunity, a time for reflection and a time of preparation. Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and ends with Maundy Thursday. During Lent we remember the time when Jesus went into the desert to fast and pray before beginning his public ministry. After his baptism in the Jordan River, the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus like a dove and a voice from heaven said,
'This is my Son, whom i love; with him i am well pleased [Mathew 3:17]
The Holy Spirit then led Jesus out to the desert/ wilderness, where he fasted and prayed for forty days and nights. We read about the three particular ways in which the devil tempted Jesus. jesus didn't give in to these temptations; he remained faithful to the Father's will.
As we journey through Lent, let's use it productively to deepen our relationship with God. Let's pray for faithfulness in our obedience to him. If we think of the word LENT as an acronym, it enables us to remember more fully the purpose of Lent.
Learn more about God
If we don't normally read the Bible every day, then let's try to find a few minutes every day to read the Bible. if we already read the Bible regularly, it might be good to read a book which will help us to learn more about God.
Engage with God
As we go about our normal daily routines, let's talk to God about the things we are doing, ask for his guidance and help in what we are doing and in what choices we make. seek to do what he asks us to do.
Nurture our relationship with God
Part of nurturing our relationship with God will involve reading the Bible and praying. For most of us will also involve joining together with others Sunday by Sunday to worship God and to be encouraged to please God in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Turn a fresh to God
God longs for each one of us to turn to him, to repent of our sin and trust in Jesus as our saviour. Yet even after we have become followers of Jesus we make mistakes; we fail to live as God intends. lent is a time for self examination and for repentance; a time for reconciliation and restoration.
Let's see Lent as an opportunity to go deeper with God, to grow in our relationship with Him and to grow in our likeness to Jesus. In the power of the Holy Spirit, let us increasingly think, speak and act like Jesus.
I pray that Lent will be a special time for each one of us; a true time of change and transformation.
With best wishes and prayers for a good, holy and blessed Lent.