Category Archives: Lent

Sunday Worship 28 March 2021 – Palm Sunday

Imagine our surprise this morning as the Hey-Hutch / Langdana bubble burst onto our screens with our live streamed Palm Sunday celebrations – ably assisted by Heston and Adriaan. Such fun!

Sunday Worship 21 March 2021

Today is the firth Sunday in the season of Lent. This morning we were very pleased to have Graeme Hay share with us his thoughts on Lent with Heston and Lydia leading us in our worship.

Sunday Worship 14 March 2021

Today is the fourth Sunday in the season of Lent and also Mothering Sunday. This morning we were very pleased to have Toby Parsons share with us his thoughts on Lent with Heston, Lydia and Janet leading us in our worship.

Sunday Worship 7 March 2021

Today is the third Sunday in the season of Lent and this morning we were very pleased to have Richard Barton share with us his thoughts on Lent and anger with Heston, Lydia and Jan leading us in our worship.

Sunday Worship 28 February 2021

Today is the second Sunday in the season of Lent and it this morning we were very pleased to have Sam Crook share with us her thoughts on Lent with Heston, Adriaan and Casper leading us in our worship.

Sunday Worship 21 February 2021

Today is the first Sunday in the season of Lent and it is also Student Sunday so we were very pleased to have Emma Temple and members of the Inclusive Christian Movement group at Leeds University sharing with us their thoughts about Lent and Christian student life.

Lent Pledges

This Lent why not take a pledge to try and reduce your carbon footprint and your impact on the planet? The Diocese of Leeds has a Climate Vision 10 pledges with tips on how to try and achieve them at https://www.leeds.anglican.org/environment/what-can-i-do

And if you want to take Pledge 1 have a look at https://allhallowsleeds.org/2017/06/13/green-energy/

A confession for Lent (and the rest of the year!)

The Joy in Enough Confession

Our climate is changing, and we are changing it. We confess our carbon footprints, our failure to consider the consequences of our actions, our slowness to react. We are sorry for all the times we knew the right thing to do, but chose convenience.

Your earth is exploited, and we are complicit in its exploitation. Species are lost, soil erodes, fish stocks decline, resources dwindle. We confess that many of us have taken too much, and not considered the needs of future generations.

We have become consumers. We have turned a blind eye to greed. We confess our hunger for more, and our failure to appreciate what we already have. We live in a time of unparalleled luxury, and we are sorry that we have not been more grateful.

The poor are left behind, even in this age of plenty. Human rights are pushed aside for profit. Wealth accumulates for the rich while the poorest still do not have what they need. We confess our apathy to injustice, and our haste in judging others.

This is not who you made us to be. We have not been good caretakers of your garden Earth. We have not loved our neighbours. Forgive us, creator God.

Forgive us. Renew us. Inspire us.

And in your strength, God, we declare:

  • Enough climate change: help us to take responsibility. Give us the wisdom to live appropriately, the urgency to act, and the courage to make changes. Give us the voice to call for change from our leaders, and the perseverance to keep asking.
  • Enough consumerism: give us what we need, God our provider. Then help us to find satisfaction and contentment. Help us to be grateful and generous.
  • Enough inequality: nobody should be left behind. You care for the poor, and we want to follow your example. Make your church a living example of equity and inclusion, and a powerful advocate for justice and sharing.

We thank you for your kindness and your mercy. We look to your promise of restoration, and we move forward. Give us the strength to speak and to act – not out of guilt or duty, for we are forgiven and we are loved. Instead, we speak and act out of joy:

  • joy in the living hope of knowing you
  • joy in serving each other
  • joy in the beauty and diversity of creation, your gift to us
  • joy in your provision and your care – joy in enough