St Peter & St Paul's Newsletter - March 2024

Letter from Revd Helen Burnett.

You may have spotted the Church of England ‘Watch and Pray’ booklets in church, if you have picked one up I hope you have found it as helpful as I have. There are still some available at the back of the church and although we are a third of the way through the 40 days it is never too late to start a Lent practice!

As an alternative or additional resource, Make Room: A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter written by Laura Alary and illustrated by Ann Boyajian, walks adults and young children through the first Sunday of Lent all the way through the tough events of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and ends in the glory of the Easter story. She frames each event in terms of making space:

in the Kingdom of God,
in our hearts, houses,
at our tables,

and she explores the stories of those who did not want to make space for Jesus or his welcoming and justice seeking ways.

It makes me wonder as I listen to increasingly alarming rhetoric from our political leaders, whether we, as a community, can make space in places and in ways that are increasingly threatened by our ruling classes to show the welcome, the justice, the peace of the God of Love?

Increasingly, it seems to me that it will be at the grassroots that this message can be heard; as we progress through Lent, let’s keep making space for God and we may find that as we make space for the lost, the lonely, the marginalised, we find our own lives and the life of our community all the more enriched and joyful.

In Lent, as we make space for God we can experience both the joy of sharing with others and the peace of spending time alone in self-care.

As we arrive at the end of the month and the 3 most important days of the Christian year, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday our hearts may be better prepared for, and more open to the Easter invitation to a new and risen life walking in the footsteps not of the powerful, the rich or the famous but of the one who discerned, in the wilderness, that ego and self-promotion was not the way of the Lord.