Lent reflections

This message is sent on behalf of the Moderator, Rt Rev John Chalmers

The Church is exploring the meaning of Lent through a series of specially commissioned daily articles on the Church of Scotland website which began on the first day of Lent, and continue throughout the 40 days. Rt Rev John Chalmers is urging Presbyteries and congregations to engage with the lent reflections and here he explains the initiative, which we are undertaking in partnership with Christian Aid. They are available at this link http://bit.ly/1A5loSQ . He would be very grateful if you would share and promote this to raise awareness of the Lent reflections more widely.

Each day throughout Lent the Homepage of the Church of Scotland website is featuring Christian Aid’s count your blessings diary; as you click on the count your blessings icon it will lead you to a short reflection which expands on the theme for the day. Within the expanded reflection there is a further hyperlink and, for those who are interested, it leads to one of Christian Aid’s in-depth theological articles.

In other words, we are giving people an opportunity to experience their Lenten journey at different levels and, in this way, we hope to open eyes and minds and hearts to the complexity and the urgency of building the Kingdom in both spiritual and practical ways.

It is my hope and prayer that the across the Church we will be sharing some common themes as we make our way to the Cross and then to the Easter Garden.

Then as we celebrate the resurrection and the promise of life after death, we will be able to pray and work so that the poorest of the world’s poor might also have the opportunity to enjoy life before death.