"We need to remember our frailty and learn how to rely on God"
Thank you to everyone who has already responded to Our Vision and our Gift Day appeal to ‘prayerfully consider tithing’, giving 10% of our income to the work of God’s kingdom. There was a great celebration at 10.30 and 18.30 services; a spirit of unity and thankfulness as well as a sense that God is with us as we seek to invest in the next generation and see the Church in Leeds and the North grow. We have a great God and a great vision, but we are only human. On our own we are weak and we struggle and fall. Thankfully God already knows this:
“He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.” (Psalm 78:39)
We need to remember our frailty and learn how to rely on God and on each other. Lent is a time when we do this; when we humble ourselves before God. It begins on 18 Feb, Ash Wednesday, when we will have a Communion Service in Church at 7.30pm including the traditional ritual of ‘ashing’. It is a wonderful time for reflection. When we humble ourselves, God draws near and strengthens us; when we rush on ahead we often come unstuck. I know this from much personal experience!
Do be thinking about what you might do differently this Lent: what new habit would help you to draw close to God? How about praying through the Psalms? Take the time to read a book or keep a journal of how God leads you?
There is a diary to help us pray for Leeds during Lent, available in the Church foyer and I will be giving some more suggestions at the Ash Wednesday service.