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“BEING A CHRISTIAN IS LESS ABOUT CAUTIOUSLY AVOIDING SIN THAN ABOUT COURAGEOUSLY DOING GOD’S WILL.”
These words from the 20th century Pastor, Martyr, Theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer strike me as being what Lent is all about. Allowing this Lent to be a time to do God’s will.
We are reminded on Ash Wednesday which this year happens on March 6th that our time here is limited. The Ashes imposed on our heads is a reminder that from the primordial elements we emerged and one day we will return to the cosmic dust which is our beginning.
“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return”.
So then what is the purpose of this sojourn which is our present life ,a question we might ask ourselves. If you are like me you may have asked yourself this question many times over the years of your life especially when things didn’t go as you might have planned. But as we grow in wisdom we understand that what we planned isn’t necessarily how things were meant to be.
I think the answer might be found in scripture where it says,” God’s will is not our will, God’s ways are not our ways but we are here to do the will of the Father who sent us.”
Lent is a time of reflection when we may seek the will of the Father through personal prayer, reflection and listening to the still quiet voice of God in our hearts.
As we seek to find God’s will for us be courageous knowing that ” to do God’s will on Earth is to do it in Heaven also.”
Opportunity will be given to keep a Holy and Blessed Lent at the following times.
Ash Wednesday, March 6th, 1800 and Sunday March 10th Imposition of Ashes and Eucharist.
On Wednesday’s during Lent we will meet at the Church at 1800 hours for study and reflection on the Book, The Last Week by Marcus Borg . This book is a reflection on Jesus’ final week in Jerusalem before his Passion. If you cannot attend this series may I suggest you go to the Series “Keeping the Best Lent Ever” on the internet.
The Services for Holy Week will be listed separately.
A Blessed and Holy Lent to all of you.
David Bruce, Chaplain
Appeal in order to build a Glass Partition
at the back of the church
We are starting a plan for securing the necessary financing of a glass wall at the back of the church, which will enable us, among other things, to hold a Sunday School every Sunday. We have also applied for a grant that may help us. But we cannot afford to wait on possible grants since we consider it to be URGENT that we start the Sunday School as soon as possible.
We have commissioned the arkitekt to produce a more realistic cost analysis of the project and to produce drawings for the same.
The analysis shows that the total remaining cost ought to be about 440 500 kr. minus the 55 250 kr. already debited for the sketches needed for a preliminary approval by Länsstyrelsen.
Can you please help us
Bank Giro 781-4015
SEB account number 5001 1013370
SWISH number: 12 36 18 97 16
Please sign your payment with “Glass wall”
All donations are very welcome
St Andrew’s is an Anglican (Church of England) congregation
in full communion with the Church of Sweden