In case your parish has not yet decided on a Lent programme for this year, you might want to have a look at "And it was good"
This is the title of a 5-session course available for group or individual use in Anglican Churches around the world. It is based on the fifth mark of mission as understood by the Anglican Communion: ‘To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth". It aims to help us discover how key aspects of the life, ministry and death of Jesus Christ also shed light upon this theme.
The course has been put together by Anglicans from around the world, which make it an ideal resource for our own multi-cultural diocese, which has often been described as "the Anglican Communion in miniature".
The five sessions are:
- The hope of something new (exploring Isaiah 11:1-9 and Mark 1:9-15)
- The place of humanity in the created order (exploring Genesis 1-2 and Jeremiah 4:11-28)
- Jesus – the centre and heart of all creation (exploring Colossians 1:9-29 and Mark 4:30-41)
- Creation blesses the Lord (exploring Psalm 104 and the Benedicite, the Song of the Three Young Men)
- Creation groans in painful hope (exploring Romans 8:12-27 and 2 Peter 3:1-13)
- Bible Exploration of one or two biblical passages related to aspects of creation.
- Reflection on how our understanding can be deepened by the experiences of Anglican Christians throughout the world.
- Reading the Bible with Anglicans around the world, reflecting on what our exploration suggests about the ways other Anglicans read the Bible.
- Questions for discussion
- Sharing our insights with other Anglicans
- Closing prayer