As I sit here and write to you we are well and truly in the season of Lent – a season of Holiness and masses of administration!
I chuckle to myself as I emerge from a mountain of paperwork to sit and write this article…..hahaha!!!!
At this time of year there is a lot to prepare for with Annual meetings soon to take place where we elect our churchwardens and church parochial members, along with the many people who I have the privilege of sharing ministry across the parishes. However, it is also with deep joy that we prepare too to host a Deanery Easter Vigil Service at St Leonards church here in Mundford on 15th April (Holy Saturday night) at 8pm, where 10 people from across the deanery are currently being prepared for their next step on their journey of faith, to be confirmed by the Bishop of Lynn in preparation for receiving communion, and to continue in their baptismal calling of going out and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
This time of year too is also a deep blessing, where we spend a lot of time together, eating together and sharing in a time of study and prayer, and has been a wonderful opportunity to share with members of our communities and wider afield in the Saturday Soup Kitchens where we have shared many conversations, friendship and fun – a special thank you to our St Leonards Fundraising team who have provided us with wonderful food and hospitality which provides a sense of the church being where it should be, at the heart of the community in which it is called to serve.
But our focus in the midst of all the busyness and extra commitments that this season provides is always to look towards Jesus.
As we approach the Holiness of Holy Week and Easter, we look to the one who wept in the Garden of Gethsemane, when he uttered the words “Father, if this cup could be taken from me, but not my will but yours be done”, the one who suffered so much for our sake, the one who was prepared to die for the sin of the whole world, the one who gives us hope in the resurrection and the hope of life everlasting.
As we approach this Easter season, may we let go of some of the busyness that the world provides and may our hearts and minds be focused upon Him, the one who came so that the world may be saved through Him.
Every blessing to you and yours this Easter.
Christ is Risen, He is Risen indeed. Alleluia!
Your parish priest, Zoe
Revd. Zoe Ferguson (Priest in Charge Mundford Group Benefice & Assistant Priest to Hilborough & Oxborough groups) Day off Monday.
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