Lent and Easter

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A TIME TO REFLECT AND REVIEW OUR LIVES In the months following Christmas and Epiphany, we prepare for Lent and Easter, remembering the time Jesus celebrated the Jewish Passover with his disciples before his crucifixion and resurrection. Holy Week this year is 14 -21 April.

Passover, known as Pesach, is a very important festival for the Jews as they remember Moses leading their people from slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land. Before Passover (this year on 19 – 27 April) a special Friday meal of kosher food is placed on a Seder plate, to illustrate their time of slavery to the time of freedom, for example unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

In Lent, a time of preparation for Easter, some people decide either to give up something [chocolate?], and give the money spent to a charity; and / or to set aside time to reflect and review their lives, being open to God, and open to change and renewal. Bible verses can be a starting point.

MICAH 6 v 8 ‘What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?’

Lent courses are an opportunity for people to meet and, if wanted, to share their thoughts. This year PURC plan to use the York Course Daring to see God now, written by Bishop Nick Barnes, and covering 5 sessions.

It is planned to have 2 groups as in previous years. One will be on Friday mornings in the church lounge, on March 15, 22, 29 and April 5, 12. The other group will meet in Gresham Court, but please sign the notice in the church to indicate which days you could come.

Preferably it will be on Wednesday or Thursday, but possibly could be Monday or Tuesday. Wednesday March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10 or Thursday March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11.

Shalom, Daphne

[from ‘Reflections’ February 2019 issue]

Lent Course book – ‘Daring to see God now’ by Bishop Nick Baines. Coursebook £3.75. 5 sessions 1) The Good News of God. 2) The Time is now. 3) God is present. 4) Change your mind. 5) Live it! The course booklet will cost £3.75.

For further information please speak to Daphne Topple or Judith Johnson.

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