A Lenten Message from the Bishop

A Lenten Message from the Bishop

Dear Friends in Christ,

Once again it is my duty and privilege to invite you to the observance of a holy Lent. As we continue to make our on-going journey from glory to glory together, this Season now comes as an important invitation to a renewed intentionality about nurturing and deepening our spiritual life.

One aid to that work that I commend to you is the current Bishop’s Book (which also happens to be the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book) I Am With You, by Kathryn Greene-McCreight. As she says, “If we think of Easter as light, we might think of Lent as preparing our eyes to behold that light.” I believe her reflections, and the spiritual discipline which underlies them, can be a great help to us in just that way. I also commend to you the Bible Challenge for 2016, which continues to ground us in Scripture and prayer, and to strengthen our common spiritual life. Learn more about this year's Bishop's Book, the Bible Challenge and access additional diocesan Lenten resources here.

I further encourage that you consider taking the online Lenten course on racial reconciliation offered through Trinity Institute and ChurchNext; making this part of your discipline has the added advantage—if taken together with a guided group in your local/regional church—of satisfying current diocesan anti-racism training requirements. The course begins with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry teaching on Spirituality and Racial Equality. Learn more here. And I also encourage you to engage with Kathrin Burleson’s Stations of the Cross, in print through Forward Movement or online via ChurchNext. A study guide for this resource is available here.

All of this, of course, is to be taken together with the Book of Common Prayer’s call to “prayer, fasting, and self-denial,” and the particular attention to “self-examination and repentance” that makes this Season so very counter to the addictive, consumer culture we inhabit day-to-day, and therefore so very necessary for us, and for the health of our souls.

I pray that God will guide you and sustain you in the important work of a holy Lent.

Preparing with you to behold the Light,

 
+Barry

 

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