In Lent this year we are responding to our Bishops request that we explore the relationship between our faith and money – such an exploration was traditionally referred to as a “Stewardship Campaign”. Through Lent there will be an opportunity for you to join in a house group; to listen to preaching and to engage daily in reflection and prayer.
Money plays a huge part in our lives: earning it, spending it; worrying about it or ignoring it altogether, but perhaps barely pausing to consider God within our finances. Did you know:
- The Bible has over 2,000 verses about money matters
- Jesus spoke more about money than about heaven and hell combined
- 11 out of 39 parables talk about money
- One out of every 7 verses in Luke’s Gospel talks about money
The National Stewardship Advisor John Preston writes:
“There is a story told about some of the Vikings who were converting to Christianity in the seventh and eighth centuries. As they were baptised by immersion in Britain’s rivers, many felt a dilemma. While they were profoundly taken with their newly acquired faith, they recognised that as occupiers of a foreign country they might have to engage in battle. As they went under the water, some kept their right arms above the water. They were saying, in effect, ‘You can have all of me Lord, save for my sword arm. I need to keep ownership of that for myself – I may need it someday.’ While Christians in the twenty-first century don’t need to keep their sword arms above the waters of baptism, there are many who metaphorically hold their wallets above the water. Martin Luther once said, ‘There are three conversions necessary: the conversion of the heart, the mind and the purse.’”
Weekly Home Groups
Lent is a time for looking at Jesus and his teaching and for looking at ourselves and considering our response to his call on our lives. This year the Diocese has encouraged us to think about our faith in a Generous God and our call to be Generous People. In response we would like to suggest all those that can take part in a four week Lent study in a house group.
If you are unable to join us in a house group – then there are other ways of joining in – you can download the study course to pursue in your own time.
You may also like to take part in a short daily reading and reflection which we will email to you each day. To do that you can also subscribe to daily email readings on the Generous God, Generous People dedicated blog. By doing so you’ll be sent a short bible passage and reflection each day (except Sundays) from day after Ash Wednesday to just before Easter. Of course if computers aren’t your thing, then just let us know and we’ll find a way to help you out.
You could also read the booklet The Money Revolution
Lent Groups are taking place on:
- Mondays March 11th, 18th, 25th, Apl 1st 2.00pm in the Upper Room Grundisburgh
- As above at 7.30pm
- Wednesdays March 6th;13th; 27th Ap 3rd in Burgh School Room – with a simple lunch
- Fridays March 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th 10.00am at 12 Spring Park in Otley
- As above at 7.30pm at “Countryside, Gibraltar Rd, Otley.
Please just come along to any of the these, you’d be very welcome and we look forward to seeing you.