Lent general

Prayer for Lent — Elizabeth Gray-King, UK

Dear and glorious God, we cry to you. At the moment, love seems both deeply hidden and alive like never before. Selfishness is alarmingly exposed, numbing us to the fear which feeds it. Selflessness is gloriously and exhaustingly alive, restoring our faith in you and in humanity. In this Lenten time, stir in us, waking […]

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Feast and Fast, for Lent — Jim Burklo, USA

Let us feast on simple pleasures, and fast from all that gets our bodies and souls out of balance. Let us feast on kindness, and fast from sarcasm. Let us feast on compassion, and fast from holding grudges. Let us feast on patience, and fast from anxiety. Let us feast on peace, and fast from […]

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Lent is… — Zach Ford, UK

Lent is… Bowed row of ashy heads, Gentle service winding down, In penitent reflection. Lent is… I give up this, you gave up that, We laugh, Over how long it will take until we fail. Lent is… Reading the same book together, Talking over points, Laid forth in prose, Straining together to deepen ourselves. But […]

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Never let go — Sam Goodman, UK

Inspired by words of Julian of Norwich: ‘All shall be well and all manner of things shall be well for there is a force of love moving through the universe that holds us fast and we never let us go.’ Never let go Though it’s hard to hold on This love will hold you And […]

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From where I stand, hymn — Sam Goodman, UK

Tune: In Christ alone You are my rock, safe and secure All that I treasure comes from you When other fade, you will endure Your promises are always true Chorus From where I stand, from what I know You are my strength, you are my guide Wherever I am called to go Your love will […]

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Lent Images

A picture is worth a thousand words. These photos are available free-of-charge for your use during the Season of Lent, or anytime of the year.  Please credit the photographer.

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Softly and tenderly, lyrics for today — Jim Burklo

New words to an old tent-meeting revival hymn Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling Calling for you and for me Walking his pathway toward joy and compassion Calling for you and for me Come home, come home You who are weary come home; Earnestly, tenderly Jesus is calling, Calling, “Dear searcher, come home” Leave behind […]

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Let me walk in love beside you, hymn — Ray Stanyon, UK

Tune: St Andrews (Edward Henry Thorne, 1834-1916) used for Jesus calls us O’er the tumult Let me walk in love beside you All along life’s dusty road Hearing, knowing every burden Let me help to share your load Wounds and pain arise to rob us Of a love community Guard me from a self-importance Seeing […]

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Mothering Sunday (4th Sunday of Lent)

14 March 2021 27 March 2022 There are all types of mothers. There are people who are not biological mothers who provide nurture and love. What words do we use to describe mothers and those who mother? What words to describe our relationships with our mothers? Newest ‘Mothering Sunday’ posts . . . (images link to […]

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We were wrong, a confession — Lauren Mallaby, Australia

We were wrong: We were wrong when we closed the door and you needed us most. The people who claimed to follow a man who never closed doors appeared to slam ours when you were despairing confused hurt hopeless broken hungry thirsty for more. We were wrong when we pretended we couldn’t see didn’t know […]

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Prayer for Lent — Christian Aid UK

O Christ, you lived as an ordinary man not in style but simply, yet still you caused uproar, and questions everywhere; you drew the expectations of hungry crowds, and brought buried conflicts to the light. May we, who are sometimes swayed by the crowd’s approval, and who often avoid conflict for fear of its cost […]

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Temptation Lent Drama — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

This is one of three readings used to explore the Lent theme: “Hineni: Here I Am” –  looking at the idea of spiritually showing up and saying ‘Yes’ to God’s call and invitation. Matthew 4:1-11   (slightly altered text) 3 Voices: Narrator, Tempter, Jesus Narrator: Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness […]

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Samuel (1) 3:1-10, Called — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

Called: reading for 4 voices, 1 Samuel 3:1-10 — arranged by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson This reading can be used to explore the theme: “Hineni: Here I Am” –  looking at the idea of spiritually showing up and saying ‘Yes’ to God’s call and invitation. 1 Samuel 3:1-10 Four Voices: Narrator, Eli, God, Samuel Narrator: Now the […]

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Lent, hymns for the season — George Stuart, Australia

George Stuart has written at least one hymn for each Sunday of Lent, for each year of the Common Revised Lectionary.  Using familiar tunes, he incorporates words that are straightforward, understandable and faithful.  And they match musically so the songs are easy to sing. If you go directly to George’s website, you will find printable lyrics and music, […]

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Prayer for Lent — Cara Heafey, UK

Wild and restless spirit of God Accompany our Lenten journeys. Give us courage to spend time in the wilderness The place where you bring us face to face with ourselves. Help us to pray with honesty Help us to live with simplicity Make us hungry and thirsty for your life-giving presence. When we return to […]

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