Lent 2019 Programme

Crowthorne CTC is pleased to provide you with details of our Lent 2019 Programme.

We start with a Taize service together (10th March) and culminates in an ‘Agape’ supper on 15th April. In between there are a wide variety of options:

  • Four ecumenical House Groups using “The Mystery of God”, a Lent course prepared by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
  • St James Church centre will again be hosting their excellent series of Lent Lectures on Tuesday evenings (programme and flyer attached).
  • Weekly ‘Stations of the Cross’
  • Weekly Christian Mediation Group (invitation to regular group)

Further details from Ken Perrett, ken@theperrets.net

Taizé service

Taizé service for the beginning of LENT 6 pm Sunday 10th March 2019, @ St John the Baptist Church, Waterloo Rd, Crowthorne.

The ecumenical community of brothers based at Taizé in France, has become well known for its contemplative style of sung prayer. It is a fitting style of worship as we gather together as ecumenical brothers and sisters.

Singing – There is a lot of this! It is “a singing which goes on and on and continues afterwards in the silence of our hearts.” It reminds us that the worship of heaven has no beginning or end and in which we join. If the printed music doesn’t help you, just pick up the tunes and harmonies by ear and use the words to help you.

Languages – There are often a lot of these too! The worship of Taizé arises out of a truly international community and reminds us that we belong to a world-wide family. For this reason, Latin is also sometimes used as an ancient universal language which is the common heritage of the church in many parts of the world.

Silence – There’s a fair bit of this as well. The simplicity of the worship is intended to lead us to a place of stillness in the presence of God. For this reason, a period of silence is at the heart of all Taizé prayer. During the silence, you may wish to focus on the candles or images before you, on the words of scripture, or to close your eyes. Enjoy the space and the chance to be open to God.

Week of Prayer – Day 8

  • Psalm 27:1-4
  • John 8:12-20

Over the past eight days the churches of Indonesia have helped us consider difficult situations facing the world. Many of these have raised questions of justice. The Church has been complicit in many instances of injustice and, through that complicity, we have damaged our unity and diminished the effectiveness of our witness to the world. Christians gather for common prayer, professing common faith and to listen for God’s voice. Although the many injustices wound us, we do not lose hope, but are called to action. The Lord is our light and salvation, the stronghold of our lives. We do not fear.

Source: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Resources, Churches in Britain and Ireland

Week of Prayer – Day 6

Reflection

Proclaim the good news to all of creation, not just to my small part.

Oh God, who made the world, both body and gift. Your creation groans.

What have we done?

Land and sea polluted, death and destruction, communities gone,families displaced. While we sit in comfort. Your creation groans.

What have we done?

A damaged world, a broken system. Upheld by stupidity, destruction, neglect and greed. An abuse of God’s gift, while we disconnect.

Where is God’s voice, God’s rolling waves of justice?

We too are God’s body, thinking beyond ourselves, seeing consequences, listening for the still small voice, swimming against the tide.

Asking what shall I do?

Source: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Resources, Churches in Britain and Ireland

Week of Prayer – Day 5

Amos 8:4-8 Luke 4:16-21

Prayer

God, the bringer of good news, forgive our lust for power and free us from the temptation to oppress others. Instil in us the determination to see your good news made real in us and those around us, as we share in the mission of your Son Jesus to fulfil your promise of freedom from poverty and oppression. We pray in his name. Amen
Source: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Resources, Churches in Britain and Ireland

Week of Prayer – Day 4

Hebrews 13:1-5 Matthew 6:25-34

God’s goodness has provided ample food and fresh water to sustain life for all and yet many people lack these necessities. Human greed frequently leads to corruption, injustice, poverty and hunger. Jesus teaches us not to be concerned about accumulating more material things than we need. We should, rather, be concerned with proclaiming the Kingdom of equity and announcing God’s reign of justice. Christians are called to live lives which enable the waters of justice to flow.

Source: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Resources, Churches in Britain and Ireland

Week of Prayer – Day 3

The Lord is gracious and merciful to all (Psalm 145:8)

  • Psalm 145:8-13
  • Matthew 1:1-17

Prayer

God of all humanity your Son was born into a line of men and women, ordinary and extraordinary. Some of them were remembered for their great deeds, others more for their sins. Give us an open heart to share your unbounded love, and to embrace all who experience discrimination. Help us to grow in love beyond prejudice and injustice. Grant us the grace to respect the uniqueness of each person, so that in our diversity we may experience unity. This prayer we make in your holy name. Amen

Source: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Resources, Churches in Britain and Ireland

Week of Prayer – Day 2

Ephesians 4:22-25, Matthew 5:33-37

The letter to the Ephesians presents a call for Christians to be honest and accountable to each other, so that we may grow in community. There is no place for deceitfulness, for it serves only to impair our relationships and so destroy that community. We are called to live an authentic life of faith and stand up for the truth. Our ‘yes’ must mean ‘yes’ and our ‘no’ must mean ‘no’ – with no equivocal language or dishonest behaviour. Dishonesty disrupts the unity of the Church fror which we are called to pray and work.