In this Year of the Word I have an excellent idea for Lent – to reflect together on the Bible and what we can gain from it during Lent. So this year you are invited to join our Lenten Project: “Hearts on Fire”. We will follow a series of themes put together for Churches Together in Britain and Ireland by Clare Amos, who works for the World Council of Churches and specialises in both scriptural and ecumenical matters.
But why “Hearts on Fire”? Think back to the reaction of the disciples on the roads to Emmaus in Luke 24:32 ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?’ What parts of the Bible do you have a special love for, or stick in your mind – or set your heart on fire? After the realisation dawns that their fellow traveller was none other than Jesus himself, the two disciples say to each other: ‘Were not our hearts burning within us…’ Taking this biblical story as its starting point, our meetings invite us to ‘open the scriptures’ and read them with both our hearts and our heads.
We in the 3 Churches have taken the lead on this project, and opened it out to our friends in the other churches of Churches Together in Llanishen and District. So we will follow the successful way we have adopted over recent years in Lent and Advent. Groups will be set up meeting in different places at different times and days during Lent – and sometimes afterwards, when groups have wished to!
Many people have spoken about how much they have gained from our groups over recent years, and I’m sure it will be the same this time. When we meet in Christian love, and share our thoughts and prayers, inevitably we all grow. Lent is all about conversion in preparation for the Holy Week and Easter, our celebration of what the Lord has done for us through the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus. So now, with a few weeks to go yet, think and pray carefully about your Lent. What better way to enter the spirit of Lent in this Year of the Word than to meet together to “Break the Word” together with other Christians.
Details will follow very shortly – so watch this space!