Zetland Park Methodist Church Newsletters and Pastoral Letters
These are the most recent pastoral letters. We also have an archive of older letters you might wish to
May 2019 , April 2019 , March 2019 , February 2019 , January 2019
December 2018 , November 2018 , October 2018 , September 2018 , July and August 2018
June 2018 , May 2018 , April 2018 , March 2018 , February 2018 , January 2018
December 2017 , November 2017 , October 2017 , September 2017 , July and August 2017 ,
June 2017 , May 2017 , April 2017 , March 2017 , February 2017 , January 2017
December 2016 , November 2016 , October 2016 , September 2016 , July and August 2016
June 2016 , May 2016 , April 2016 , March 2016 , February 2016 , January 2016
December 2015 , November 2015 , October 2015 , September 2015 , July and August 2015 ,
June 2015 , May 2015 , April 2015 , March 2015 , February 2015 , January 2015 ,
December 2014 , November 2014 , October 2014 , September 2014 , August 2014 , July 2014 ,
June 2014 , May 2014 , April 2014 , March 2014 , February 2014 , January 2014 ,
December 2013 , November 2013 , October 2013
When our youngsters were kids they first got into Taekwondo before later moving into
gymnastics. In both these disciplines they were required to learn moves, rehearse them
time and again until they had, as near as they could, perfected them and they where then
assessed before being allowed to move on to the next level of skill. I guess in that
sense it was not that much different from how I had to learn to play the piano & organ,
progressing through the grades, each one with a period of examination.
Now Lent, which starts on 6th March, is a time when traditionally we have the opportunity for self-examination, a time to reflect on our progress as Christians, in what we do and say, in our understanding of the Bible and our own spiritual disciplines and devotions. The period, of course, draws it's inspiration from the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, communing with God and being tempted by Satan, at the start of his ministry.
We shall be doing something in the way of a study on consecutive Sunday evenings throughout Lent - but as I write this in only the second week of February it is still far too early to say exactly what form that will take!
However, for your personal use I would highly recommend a booklet from All we Can called "Travel Lightly". It contains daily reflections, activities and prayers, written by the likes of our President of the Methodist Conference, but linking to communities around the world. What I really like about it is that it encourages us to go beyond just reading and reflecting, by inspiring us into action with some really good ideas and suggests links to some other great and inspiring resources! It also has a 6 week focus for groups to get their heads around. I will order 50 copies which will be available from me on a first-come, first-served basis. However, you can order your own copy direct from All We Can if you wish.
With Easter being so late this year, hopefully Lent will feel a lot more relaxed than in some years when it starts so soon after Covenant Services, and I would encourage you to use it as a time to reflect, examine, encourage and inspire yourselves as we together seek for greater commitment to our Lord.