This Sunday we are beginning our lenten sermon series about loving the outsider. We begin with our reading for this morning from Deuteronomy 26.

Loving the outsider has real implications for us in this day and age, because lots of people feel like outsiders.  We have many people who are refugees in our country, people who are told via social media and other outlets that they don’t belong; many young people feel this way.

Alongside our sermon series, we keep in the back of our mind that lent is a pilgrimage towards the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. A time where we might give up something for the period in remembrance of Jesus fasting for 40 days. Lent has already begun. It begins on Ash Wednesday which was on 26th of Feb. However just because it’s already begun doesn’t mean it’s too late.

You can still participate in Lent. A few weeks ago you were offered a number of ways you could participate. Often it’s been about giving up something in terms of consumption. It could be food related, or drink, or even television. Part of the heart of Lent is to help us to fix our eyes to Jesus.

As a community, I invite each of us to participate in Lent. It may be as simple as giving up chocolate. But it could require more sacrifice then that. Because that’s the story we confess to, to give up our lives and follow Jesus. This is our purpose as people of Jesus, people of the resurrection. Maybe Lent is a time for you to explore that.

Whatever you do, may you fix your eyes onto Jesus. May it be a time of refreshment, of resting in Christ. May it encourage you in your relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

God Bless you in this time of lent.






Deuteronomy 26: 1–10  New International Version