The Israelite prophet Micah said:
“What does the Lord require of you?
Only to act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
God of mercy and source of justice,
pour on your people such love and compassion that
we cannot remain silent,
we cannot tolerate injustice and poverty.
As your grace fills our hearts
so may we be stirred into action
to demonstrate your love for all the world
and for all creatures that live and move on this earth.
Written by Bishop Steven of Oxford, Pilgrim Journeys: The Lord’s Prayer takes you on a 40-day journey through the prayer Jesus taught his followers – one which continues to shape the lives of Christians across the world.
Each day provides you with a short Bible reflection, an invitation to pray and a suggestion for responding to the vision of the Lord’s Prayer itself.
The Pilgrim Journeys booklets are ideal daily companions for anyone seeking to grow in the Christian faith. This booklet will also form the basis for the Lent course to be run by St Peter’s Burnham and open to all churches in the local Churches Together in Burnham and Taplow group, of which we are part.
Please let Jane know if you would like one of the above for your personal reflection – we can get 10 copies for £25, which works out at just £2.50 each.
And for those who find art more helpful than words: Why not look at “The Art of Lent”
Whilst the paintings are small, this has been described as
“A lovely book with a wide variety of paintings to help the reader in self-reflection and also to reflect on the themes of the season.”
Available from Amazon at £7.19
As an alternative possibility you might like to read this Lent book by Jane Williams – wife of the former Archbishop of Canterbury and herself a brilliant and accessible theologian.
“… God’s merciful humility is the source of life. The chapters of Jane Williams’s book include: ‘Humble Beginnings’; ‘How to win friends and influence nobody’; ‘Reigning from a tree’ and ‘Risen and ascended into humility’. Her reflective Lent book will be a trusted guide for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of God’s humility during this religious period.”
£9.89 from Amazon
Abundant Life: What does it mean to be a more Christ-like Church for the sake of God’s world? Abundant Lifelooks at one of the most powerful stories in the Gospels, the raising of Lazarus. It’s a story that reveals Jesus as contemplative, compassionate and courageous. Written by the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford, a reflection is offered for each on 18 days (six on each theme of contemplative, compassionate and courageous). There are prayers and reflections for each seventh day, ending with a question, a thought or a prayer to take into the day with you. To order your copy, go to the page on the Diocesan Website using this link.