Lent Encounter - holy week
This is the last week of our Lent Encounter. Thank you for joining with us over the last 7 weeks, taking the opportunity to feed a hunger for God instead of filling up on things that fail to satisfy. We'd love to hear how it has helped you engage with God. Drop us an email or send a DM via Facebook. watch|monday Watch and consider the video #FallingPlates What are you looking for? Will you follow me?
look|tuesday Lets open our eyes and explore this picture to help us focus and pray. If you’ve never done this before: (1) ask God for insight (2) spend some time simply looking at the picture; what do you notice? enter into the story of the picture (3) ponder on the things you have noticed; what might God be saying to you? (4) pray about what you have noticed and pondered, take your feelings and thoughts to God. (5) just be silent before God and listen with your heart. Bask in his presence.
read|thursday Today is Maundy Thursday. Engage with this scripture from the Last Supper: - Mark 14:12-25 “This is my Body”
Try this way of meditative reading (based on lectio divina) (1) ask God for insight (2) slowly read-aloud the passage a couple of times: what do you notice? Try to picture yourself in the story. (3) read a third time. As you notice words or thoughts, pause and ask "what might God be saying to me?" (4) pray: stay with and draw from the emotions they evoke, respond to their challenge; thank God for what he is showing about himself. (5) just be silent before God, resting in his presence.
Today is Good Friday. How was your lent experience this year? Evaluate how you did with your hunger goal. Offer up this period of lent to God. Reflect on how the Father gave up his Son for us to set us free from the sin that holds us back and to restore our relationship with him. Setting aside 5-10 minutes of quiet for this extra special TGIF will likely help you make this happen. Don't forget to visit our Stations of the Cross exhibition: identify, open 6-10pm tonight, following our Good Friday Service 5pm.
rest|saturday Today is the last day of the Lenten fast. Thanks for journeying with us. Please let us know how it helped you this year by commenting on FB or sending us an email. Take some time out to do something that is personally refreshing to you. It doesn’t have to be long or expensive. But treat yourself to the gift of a little personal down time or attention. If you haven't been through our stations exhibition yet, identify, we are open from 10am-10pm today.
cession|sunday Join us for an Easter Sunday celebration at 10.30am and at 5pm for a feed, followed by The Artists Speak: Stories behind the Art.