Parish Magazines
Each month the Priest-in-charge writes a letter for the parish magazines. It is reproduced below. Previous letters are available on the Archive page.

Revd Scott Watts is the Team Vicar serving the parishes of Aston-sub-Edge, Dorsington, Honeybourne, Pebworth, Weston-sub-Edge and Willersey. Scott writes,

The Way of the Cross

Even if you haven't yet got the date of Ash Wednesday in your mind, you may already be contemplating the day that precedes it, Shrove Tuesday, also known these days as 'Pancake Day', and how you'll be serving up your pancakes. Lemon and a little sugar for me, please!

Ash Wednesday (it's on 6 March) signals the beginning of the season of Lent in the Christian Church. This is a time when many Christians make space in their lives to remember and reflect on what God's Son, Jesus Christ, did - for you, for me and for the whole of God's creation - when he walked the way of the cross. For Jesus, it was a literal journey that would lead to his death as a common criminal, as the lowest of the low, on the cross at Calvary. Christians believe that Christ's death was the ultimate demonstration of God's love for each one of us, that he would give up his one and only Son, his beloved, to free us from every sin that has ever been committed and that will ever be committed. As Jesus reminds us in chapter 3 of the Gospel according to St John,

'"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life."' (NRSV)

For people then and for people now, it was and is a life-changing event in human history. In a moment, the way to God, in whose image each one of us is made, was wide open. Because of Christ's death and resurrection, we can have hope amongst so much hopelessness. Tha's why, each year, Christians all over the world want to remember and to say thank you to the God of hope and love.

There'll be a service on Ash Wednesday at St Peter's Church, Dorsington, at 7.30pm. You'd be very welcome to join us if you'd like to make a commitment to setting aside some time during Lent to reflect on God's love. Also, Ros and I will be hosting Lent Lunches at the Vicarage on 12, 19 & 26 March and 2 & 9 April. We'll meet from 12.30pm - 2.00pm, starting with homemade soup and bread, and then have a time thinking about what it means to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Do come along if you're able to do so. We'd love to see you.

I want to leave you with these words, which are used in Church as a blessing during the season of Lent. May they bless you as you read them and as you walk with Christ the way of his cross.

'Christ give you grace to grow in holiness,

to deny yourselves, take up your cross, and follow him.

Amen.' (© The Archbishops'Council, 2000)

With love



Rev Scott Watts

Team Vicar




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