Moravian Messenger March 2018
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MARCH 2018
- Springtime
of the Soul
“The Mole had been working very hard all the morning,
spring-cleaning his little home ... Spring was moving in
the air above and in the earth below and around him,
penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with
its spirit of divine discontent and longing.” - Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows, Ch. 1
'The Wind in the Willows' is a wonderful book. A classic in the true sense of the word. It works at more than one level. In a simple sense, it is a children's tale; but it carries so many great truths of life that it remains a challenge for the adult reader.
This quote from the opening paragraph of the book is so perceptive, and appropriate for the season of Lent. Waking up from winter, feeling the growing warmth of the sun, seeing the bulbs pushing through, hearing the birds; we become restless as we experience that 'divine discontent and longing'; and isn't that a wonderful description of 'Lent'?
Lent - divine discontent and longing - a time for a reawakening of our faith, and a time for getting busy with things that really matter.
The old tradition was of 'giving up something for Lent'. These days, it seems to have swung round to doing something extra; which is, in effect, a giving up of one's time. Lent may already be under way, but it's never too late to join in.
Extra personal study and prayer, perhaps joining in with a Lent study group, or search out a book of reflections from a Christian bookshop. Perhaps you might consider setting up a 'Lent Library', where people can place books they have found helpful in previous seasons of Lent in order that others may borrow and benefit from them. Another good discipline is to read one of the gospels from beginning to end (Mark is the shortest, John the most sublime).
There are opportunities to support Christian Aid and other charitable causes
through various Lenten projects. At the start of Lent, there was 'Fairtrade Fortnight' - but Fairtrade, to misquote a familiar mantra, is for life, not just for a fortnight. The Fairtrade movement needs you - to buy and use Fairtrade goods, to encourage your local shops and supermarkets to stock Fairtrade goods, to encourage your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues to buy and use Fairtrade goods.
In the first week of March there have been further opportunities to 'get busy': the annual Women's World Day of Prayer, and, in the Moravian Church, Unity Prayer Day and the annual Appeal; always for a worthy cause, and details of which you can find elsewhere in the Messenger.
Don't forget the continuing Lent Lunches that Churches Together groups organise
continued on page 27
URC Youth Assembly 2018
(page 28-29)
Your invite to
The VIII. International Moravian Conference
(page 33)
An account of Saint Patrick of Ireland
(page 31)
Welcoming Those With Autism to our Churches
(page 32)

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