Lenten Greetings from Bishop Stuart Robinson
Fri 31 March 2017
Lenten greetings, beloved!
A few weeks ago the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, urged the global Communion to pray, "...thy Kingdom come". Here is the link.
In short, +Justin is (quite rightly) inviting us all to be praying that those in our purview will come to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour; that they might enjoy the benefits of living under the loving Lordship of Jesus. And I would enjoin you to take his words (and of course the words from our Lord’s prayer) to heart.
In the church where I have a special responsibility, I’m encouraging people – as a Lenten discipline – to pray for just one person; that God will open their eyes and hearts to the truth of the gospel and to then, if appropriate, invite them to a service over Holy Week.
I was amazed that some people invited their friends to an Ash Wednesday event. And I’m pleased to report that it was a great experience (for the invitee). So right now I’m praying for some close friends (all of whom are ‘seekers’) and am asking that God’s Kingdom – his rule and reign – will become a reality in their lives.
I’d also be very pleased for you to pray for my ‘Walk with the Cross’ on Good Friday. I know that most readers will be sharing in services in your local parishes – so for your prayers, I’ll be carrying my large cross from Christ Church West Goulburn (10.30am) into Belmore Park (via the Cathedral) for an open air service (at 11.30am). In this very simple service I’ll be explaining Christ’s passion and I’ll be inviting people to publicly respond to Jesus. Each year people ‘come forward’ and are followed up by local churches. I know this isn’t everyone’s style, but for me it is a way of participating in the coming of Christ’s kingdom.