In Brandon, the Churches gather together for Lenten Noon Hour Worship ...followed by an amazing soup - sandwich lunch. The Lenten Noon Hour Worships are held at St. Matthew's Anglican Cathedral. I cherish these times of worship. So if you are in the neighbourhood for the next six Wednesdays.... St. Matthew's Cathedral 13th Street in Brandon MB at High Noon.
Prayer: God of Repentance and love, may we steep our lives in You this day. May You show us Your glory this day as we begin the time of repentance. Help us not to worry about all the little things in life but to rest and abide in You. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
St. Matthew 6: 25 - 33
These verses are verses of comfort. Jesus tells the Disciples not to be anxious about their life. Jesus tells us this same thing today too. Do not be anxious about your life. This doesn’t mean tossing aside our Bills and Mortgages because “God will provide” but these portions of scripture means that we will not fuss about what clothes are in our closet nor what food is on our table at mealtime (although brussel sprouts still create anxiousness in our house J)
God is with us in everything that we do and say. And in prayer, we ask God to help us when the anxiety of our lives and the worries of our lives get us down.
Today is Ash Wednesday… the day when we ask God to forgive us from our whining and complaining and short vision and turn again to God’s love. Lent is forty days long, not including Sundays. Lent is a time to do seriously looking at ourselves… our actions… our thoughts… our vision and then turn to God, asking for forgiveness and newness of God’s joy.
Prayer: Almighty and Everlasting God, forgive us from our whining and complaining and short vision. Help us this Lent to keep our eyes focussed upon You. Great God, help us when the anxiety of our lives and the worries of our lives get us down. May we turn again to Your glory and peace. This we ask in Jesus name. Amen.