Following on from her letter last week, when Liz introduced the Dust and Glory booklets for Lent, Liz writes about an afternoon pilgrimage on 1 April
Last week I wrote about the importance of Lent for Christians. A church must always put discipleship at its heart. Following Jesus inspires what we do, what we are and why we are.
Jesus shows us what God is like. If we neglect our relationship with Jesus, then we start to make God in our own image and no longer reveal God to the world.
Apart from the Lent booklets to help us through Lent: Dust and Glory (there are still a few copies left in our churches – please help yourself or download the Dust and Glory App), and the Lent course on Weds afternoons (See details on this link), we’re also offering a Pilgrimage Afternoon at St Thomas on Saturday 1 April.
We’ll watch the film The Way. Tom Avery is an American doctor who goes to France following the death of his adult son, Daniel, killed during a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James.) Tom intends to retrieve his son’s body, but, in a combination of grief and homage to his son, he decides to walk the ancient spiritual trail where his son died, taking Daniel’s ashes with him. While walking the Camino, Tom meets others, all looking for greater meaning in their lives.
We’ll have a chance to walk a cloth labyrinth, set up in church. You can’t get lost in a labyrinth. You simply walk your way to the centre then, when you’re ready, return to the start. There are many associations we can make with the journey through our lives, with what is at the centre of our lives and reflections we can make about our companions on the way. In prayerful / reflective mode, all sorts of things can happen when we do this simple act of walking a labyrinth.
There will also be prayer stations available to visit in your own time, helping us to pray about our own journeys.
Thanks to Ally Warder for leading what promises to be a nourishing afternoon.