I want to begin this letter by saying a very big thank you to all of you for making my 25 year anniversary here such a special occasion. Your love, kindness, and generosity made me realise more than ever why Louise and I have been so happy here at St Augustine’s and what a privilege and joy it is to be your parish priest. Thank you.
As I write this letter the season of Lent is almost upon us. Once again it calls us to take some time to be still, to reflect, and allow God to renew and refresh us on our journey through life. Lent will follow the same pattern as it has done over recent years. There will be daily reflections available for those who wish to use them, and once again they will be supplemented by a Lenten Blog, with extra material which you can access on staugustinesblog.wordpress.com. The theme this year is “Questions Jesus asked” and reflects on different questions that Jesus asked in the Gospels, often in response to questions asked of him. The daily reflections will be available at the back of church and will also be printed on the blog.
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on the 6th of March and there will be three Eucharists that day each including the anointing of ash for those who wish to receive it. There will be our normal Wednesday Eucharist at 10am, a Sung Eucharist at 8pm, and a Children’s Eucharist at 6.30pm. You are very welcome to any of these services.
Also throughout Lent there will be the evening prayer of Compline once a week with a short reflection; the days and times of these are advertised elsewhere in the magazine and will be on the weekly sheet. This short service is no longer than 20 minutes and creates a beautiful slot to simply stop and be still. There is also an order of Compline in this magazine so you can use the Compline prayers at home.
May God bless you during this holy season and renew and inspire you on your journey of faith.