"Lent" : A Letter from the Vicar
It probably feels like your Lent started at the beginning of January under the current lock-down and therefore feeling you are already in the wilderness. So, how can Lent mean something for us this year in the midst of the Pandemic and sitting in our own homes?
On Ash Wednesday, I would like you all to join with me for a service at 7.30pm via Zoom (please find joining instructions on our website). When you come to the Service, please bring with you two candles which we will light together at the start of the service. When it comes to the “Ashing” we will blow out one of the candles, pinch the wick to create ash on our fingers and make the Sign of the Cross on our foreheads. Keeping the one candle lit reminds us that the Light always Shines out of the darkness and helps us to feel a presence of Christ lighting up and holding us. Lent is a Season when many people focus on enhancing their ever-growing and loving relationship with God but it is also a time to think about our own journey of Faith; the good bits and the bad!
Over the next six weeks you will find a personal reflection on the website which can be done at home and then followed weekly. You may prefer, however, to read a book during Lent and I highly recommend to you the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2021: “Living His Story”, by Hannah Steele. A Zoom evening is planned for Wednesday 31st March where we will have the opportunity, in small groups, to discuss what we have read during Lent.
I continue to hold you in my prayers however, if you are feeling lonely or anxious during these strange times, please ‘phone or email me.
Preb. David MacGeoch
Vicar of Glastonbury with Meare