Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 7, 2019
“Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins. His mercy endures for ever.”
This past week, we confessed how our negligence in prayer and worship and our failure to commend the faith within us has led to wrongs done through blindness to human suffering and need, to indifference to cruelty and injustice, to false judgments and uncharitable thoughts, and to prejudice and contempt for those who are different from us. But today we explore together how God has changed us through our attention to prayer, worship, and commending the faith within us.
What does being attentive to prayer, worship, and commending the faith look like in your life, in the life of your worshipping community, and in the life of the diocese?
How has the ongoing, slow transformation through our worship of God and prayer life enabled us to commend the faith within us?
How has our common life of prayer and worship opened our eyes to human suffering and need? What have we done, either as a worshipping community or as a diocese, in response to these new insights?
How has our common life of prayer and worship shaken us into concern over cruelty and injustice? What have we done in response?
How has our common life of prayer and worship helped us to stop, question what we are hearing or thinking about each other or our neighbors, and respond in love?
Let us rejoice together at the way the Spirit is shaping us to live into our baptism so that we can respond with Christ’s love for others! Share your reflections with others. Use hashtag #livingmybaptism to share your reflections on social media.
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
(Collect for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, BCP, 219)