Thought for the month

The Rector writes...

#LiveLent - Let Your Light Shine

The gospel is God’s rescue mission to bring us from darkness to light. This is the work of Jesus, the light of the world.

But Jesus is not the only one called by this title. He himself turns to his followers and says, ‘You are the light of the world… so let your light shine.’

To witness is to let your light shine. A light shines simply by virtue of being a light. A follower of Jesus witnesses simply by virtue of being a Christian. We have been brought into his light, now he appoints us to bring his light to others. This is what witness is.

The season of Lent which starts on Ash Wednesday 14th February gives us an opportunity to explore what the gift of Jesus and the challenge of Jesus means for us, in the context of our daily life.

In the middle of John’s Gospel is a verse that goes to the heart of it:

Jesus said, ‘I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly’ 

There is a booklet available #LiveLent from the Church of England, or you can receive the daily reflections by texting Lent to 88802 or following on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, where they will be posted daily.

We’re trying to make occasions in church more relevant and accessible, so our usual Ash Wednesday Communion 14th Feb will be short and informal, and held in the Vicarage in Westbury at 8pm so that working people can attend. We hope to run a Messy Church in Tingewick church 11th March, which is Palm Sunday, so all ages can participate in Lent and Easter celebrations.


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