Parables and Possessions
Mike Claridge - 20th February 2014
Roundabout - March 2014
St Andrew's, West Bromwich
Lent is almost upon us!
Ash Wednesday this year is 5th March and there will be a service at St Andrew’s at 7.30pm. Lent is a time to pause and reflect about our faith. As part of this we always run a series of reflections as we consider how our faith challenges us about how we live our lives and about how wider society is structured.
The theme of our reflections this year will be “Parables and Possessions”. The material has been prepared by Churches together in Britain and Ireland. It’s based on a report that the Church of Scotland published a couple of years ago called “A right relationship with money”. The Bible says more about money, economics and making a living than any other subject so thinking about possessions and how we use them is an important part of putting our faith into action.
We’ll be looking at a parable on each of the six weeks of Lent. Each week will follow four parts; Jesus’ experiences (Lent reflection); Jesus' teaching (parable and stories); Go and do likewise (what it means for us today) and then end each session in prayer.
The themes of each week are as follows:
Week 1: Temptation
Wealth, possessions, consumerism.
Week 2: Betrayal
Where do our true values lie?
Week 3: Forgiveness
The Church of Scotland Lord's Prayer talks about forgiving debts, not sins or trespasses.
Week 4: Ridicule
Trauma, prophetic voice, being disregarded.
Week 5: Sacrifice
What do others give up for us, what do we give up for others?
Week 6: Transformation
Christ's love active in the world, not only for ourselves but for all humankind.
As always there’s a choice of sessions, daytime or evening:
Tuesdays at 11.00am - 11th, 18th, 25th March, 1st, 8th, 15th April
Wednesdays at 7.30pm - 12th, 19th, 26th March, 2nd, 9th, 16th April
The Tuesday reflections will be followed by an optional Lent Lunch at 12 noon which is also open to those not attending the sessions.
Full details can be found on the special Lent 2014 page where you can download the material we’ll be using. Paper copies will also be available at the sessions.
I hope to see you there at some of the sessions.