Church Chatter · Lent

Preparing for Next Week

SATURDAY, FIFTH WEEK OF LENTPreparing for Next WeekHas Lent felt long for you this year, or has it gone by quickly? What have been the graces for you? Do you feel more grounded or closer to God? What prayer, fasting, or almsgiving disciplines have been fruitful for you this season?Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, the beginning… Continue reading Preparing for Next Week

Church Chatter · Lent

Listen to Someone Else

FRIDAY, FIFTH WEEK OF LENT Listen to Someone Else For I hear many whisperings: ‘Terror is all around!’ ... But the Lord is with me like a dread warrior. —Jeremiah 20:10-11 Forget about whispering; we hear much of the media and plenty of individual cynics shouting, “terror is all around!” Between the terror of the… Continue reading Listen to Someone Else

Church Chatter · Lent

When Do I Seek Strength?

THURSDAY, FIFTH WEEK OF LENT When Do I Seek Strength? Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually. —Psalm 105:4 Theoretically, I want to follow this entreaty all the time. Realistically, I find that more often than not, I make time to seek the Lord’s presence when things are difficult. When I beg… Continue reading When Do I Seek Strength?

Church Chatter · Lent

Choosing Truth

WEDNESDAY, FIFTH WEEK OF LENT Choosing Truth You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. —John 8:31-32 I am sometimes struck that Jesus said, “The truth will make/set you free” instead of “The truth will make things easier.” We have discovered that telling the truth is sometimes more painful than telling… Continue reading Choosing Truth

Church Chatter · Lent

Worn Out by the Journey

TUESDAY, FIFTH WEEK OF LENT Worn Out by the Journey From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but with their patience worn out by the journey, the people complained against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of… Continue reading Worn Out by the Journey

Church Chatter · Lent

Invitation to Rest

MONDAY, FIFTH WEEK OF LENT Invitation to Rest The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. —Psalm 23:1-3 When I was a kid, I did not understand why people seemed to like Psalm 23 so much.… Continue reading Invitation to Rest

Church Chatter · Lent

Following Your Conscience

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT Following Your Conscience I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. —Jeremiah 31:33 As far back as the time of Jeremiah, hundreds of years before Jesus lived, our ancestors in faith understood… Continue reading Following Your Conscience

Church Chatter · Lent

How Is Your Lent Going?

SATURDAY, FOURTH WEEK OF LENT How Is Your Lent Going? Now that we are at the end of the fourth week of Lent, this is an excellent time to review the past few weeks. How has this season been for you? Have you felt yourself in a desert wilderness? How so? Has it felt like… Continue reading How Is Your Lent Going?

Lent · Sunday School

God promises a new covenant

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT Jeremiah 31:31-34 God promises a new covenant (31: 31 - 34) This new covenant will provide a fresh start for Israel and Judah. A new heart is created in the people and a new Spirit is given to them. Our Old Testament lesson today comes from the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah lived… Continue reading God promises a new covenant

From The Rector's Desk · Lent

From The Rector’s Desk – 20 March 2021

Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and His Son Jesus Christ. As we approach a full year of lockdown, I look back to what I was thinking and saying this time last year. Opinions were varying as to how South Africa would be affected. It was on this day that St Mary’s… Continue reading From The Rector’s Desk – 20 March 2021