St Peter & St Paul's Newsletter - February 2023

Letter from Revd Helen Burnett.

When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord,
they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
The child grew and became strong,
filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.
Luke.2.39 -40

These are the final lines of our Candlemas Reading and set a course for us as well; as Jesus disappears into obscurity for thirty years and re-emerges on the banks of the Jordan we turn ourselves from Crib to Cross and the journey through Lent to Jerusalem.

February seems to represent both a turning time and an emerging time, we are gifted occasional glimpses of spring, and we have 3 quiet weeks before we change into penitential purple and turn our minds to Lent.

In this Newsletter you will find details of all that will be on offer across our parish to help you grow in strength and in wisdom.

So, now is a good time to consider how you might mark Lent in your life.

Forty days of focus – keep it simple, make it achievable, not a rod for your back but a guide and a balm for your soul.

In the past Christians fasted – no meat on Fridays.

What could you do to alter your habits for a while? – Can you think of something that might help you to take that journey with Jesus and the disciples. Some ideas are below.

  • read a Psalm a day
  • read through Mark’s gospel
  • find a place outside to be still for 5 minutes • listen to the bible read on audio
  • choose a daily podcast
  • sing a hymn a day

In Advent we lay aside time for the journey to Bethlehem, now an equally important journey beckons and this time we are bound for Jerusalem.