WARKWORTH UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
URC

MINISTER'S MESSAGE

Dear Friends,

OK, I’m going to be controversial.
I ask you, Is Lent still relevant?  What difference does it make to us in 2019?

In our tradition we don’t really observe Lent much anymore.  Shrove Tuesday has become Pancake Day.  Ash Wednesday, well we have always sort of ignored that one.  40 days of fasting during Lent, eating no meat or fat - that has come down to eating fish on Fridays at best. Fewer and fewer churches are doing special Lenten services or studies, Lent Lunches are seen as a thing of the past to many and only attract the older generation. The traditional services in Holy Week – Palm Sunday, Passion Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday – are not the important services they once were. For many folks Lent means nothing, for many it is no different to any other period of time, for many there is no understanding of what it is and why it is there at all, for some it is about “giving up” something though the why is unknown. We connect with Mother’s Day and Easter is still recognised by many, but Lent?

Lent is supposed to be a time of preparation and soul searching prior to Easter, just as Advent is before Christmas. We do more with Advent, maybe it’s the busyness or the Advent wreath.  Lent just seems to lie quietly in the background.  So, given that we don’t do much to observe Lent anymore, is it still relevant?
 Lent and the Easter cycle was the first and most important celebration of the early church, long before Christmas.  Why?  Because what was important to them was to celebrate the joy of the risen Christ, to live a resurrection life. To do that some preparation is needed; thought, reflection, peace, the feeling of “rightness” with all of creation. We don’t have to “give up” something during Lent to feel the joy of Easter day, but it certainly helps to think about those events and our relationship with God before we come to the day of rejoicing because if not, why are we rejoicing?

Lent is what you make of it, but I think it is still very relevant to us in 2019, perhaps not in the same way it was centuries ago, but if we spend some time in thought and prayer it will make a difference to the celebration of Easter.

Joan

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Minister and Officers
Minister Rev. J. Grindrod-Helmn
Church Correspondence and
Synod Representative
M. Gibson
Worship Secretary H. Peacock
Readers Rota L. Conway
Hall Bookings S. Brooks
Christian Aid Representatives M. and M. Shepherd
Treasurer S. Black  
Organists G. Brooks and
P. Toward
Fabric Convener Minutes at present J. Archibald


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Services and Meetings

Most Sundays
Service in Warkworth Church
10.30 a.m.


Please check the "Dates for your Diary" page for more information.


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Flower Rota

 

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Do remember that our flowers continue to give pleasure to others after they are taken from the Communion Table. We receive most appreciative messages from those who are enjoying the flowers and appreciate being remembered.

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Dates for your diary
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Date
Subject
Time
3rd Mar 19 Mr. John Cooke 10:30
9th Mar 19 Coffee Morning
Proceeds to Water Aid
10:00 -
11:30
10th Mar 19 Communion -
Rev. J. Grindrod-Helmn
10:30
17th Mar 19 David Simpson, Morpeth 10:30
24th Mar 19 Rev. J. Grindrod-Helmn
Congregational Meeting
10:30
31st Mar 19 Mission Partnership Service led by
The Moderator of the General Assembly
10:30
7th Apr 19 Rev. Sue Wilson 10:30
     
     
   

THE VALUE OF OLD AGE

Remember – old folks are worth a fortune – with silver in their hair, gold in their teeth, stones in their kidneys and gas in their stomachs.

I have become a little older since I saw you last and changes have come into my life. I am quite a frivolous old girl!!! I am seeing five gentlemen each day.

As soon as I wake up, Will Power helps me get out of bed and then I go to see John. Next, it’s time for Mr Quaker who gives me my oats. They leave and Arthur Ritis shows up and stays the rest of the day. He doesn’t stay in one place very long, so he takes me from joint to joint. After such a busy day I am ready for bed with Johnny Walker.

What a life – and oh yes – I am flirting with Al Zymer. The vicar came the other day and said that at my age I should be thinking about the hereafter.  I told him, “Oh I do. No matter where I am, if I am in the kitchen or upstairs or in the basement, I ask myself – ‘Now what am I here after?’”

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Revd J. Grindrod-Helmn M.A., Mdiv.