Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Lent Course 2015 - Reflections on The Apostles' Creed

Dear Friends

Easter is very early this year. Shrove Tuesday falls on 17 February 2015 and Ash Wednesday on 18 February 2015, which means Lent is almost upon us! The focus of our Lent Course will be reflections on the Apostles' Creed. It is open to all parishioners, family and friends.

Joan Chittister, in her book In Search of Belief says of the Apostles' Creed:

The question does not lie with whether or not the Creed is believable. The Creed is about the mystery of life, and its mystery is apparent. The question is whether or not the Creed is meaningful to us, here, now. Clearly, the quandary is that we live in a desert between two places, one a relatively static world where doubt was little tolerated, the other a world exploding with information, inundated with questions, where we are now and find ourselves, as a result, no longer sure.

Please join Prof. Denise Ackermann, Bishop Geoff Quinlan, and the Rev'd Mark Long for our Lenten reflection on the Apostles' Creed and it's relevance to life and faith in the 21st Century.

We will meet on Tuesday's from 19:30 to 20:45, beginning on 24 February 2015, for the six weeks of Lent. There will be a 15-20 minute input followed by an opportunity to participate in group discussion.

For those who find evenings difficult, Mark will offer a summary on Wednesday mornings from 11:00 to 11:45, beginning 25 February 2015.

If you are able to attend, please fill in the list available at the back of the Church, or let the Office know by phone or email.

For your consideration and prayerful preparation:

24 Feb 2015: Week 1 - Creator
Prof Denise Ackermann

We believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

3 Mar 2015: Week 2 - Jesus: Birth and Death
Bishop Geoff Quinlan

We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead.

10 Mar 2015: Week 3 - Jesus: Resurrection and Judgement
The Rev'd Mark Long

On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

17 Mar 2015: Week 4 - The Spirit 
Prof Denise Ackermann

We believe in the Holy Spirit.

24 Mar 2015: Week 5 - The Church and The Saints
Bishop Geoff Quinlan

(We believe in) the holy catholic Church, and the communion of Saints.

31 Mar 2015: Week 6 - Forgiveness, Resurrection and Eternity
The Rev'd Mark Long

(We believe in) the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Blessings
Mark