Loving Living Learning in Lent
Christian life should never be static. We are called to live out our faith in love, growing in discipleship as we travel together in the Way of Christ. Remember that ‘the Way’ is the earliest known title for followers of Jesus. We know this from the Acts of the Apostles. It reflects the understanding, from those earliest Christians, that following Jesus is a journey of faith. It is good to travel and we most certainly have not yet arrived!
So this Lent we are asking you to take time to journey in The Way together as part of the Christian community in the cathedral.
Loving God, loving his world and his creatures; living on this earth as if we love God and our neighbour and learning more about God and God’s call to us. We will focus specifically on our care for God’s world that he has entrusted to us.
Learning: Lent lunch and address
This Lent Ripon Cathedral clergy will be leading weekly sessions to discuss The Humility of God by Jane Williams (£9.99 in the cathedral shop.) This will follow the Wednesday noon Eucharist and Lent Lunch in the crossing – (donations to Christian Aid). The talks will finish by 2.15 pm.
The sessions are on 13th March with Canon Ailsa; 20th march with Rev Caitlin; 27th march with Dean John; 3rd April with Canon Barry and 10th April with Canon Michael.
Learning: Do I cost the Earth?
The challenge of care for the environment and Christian ethical living. A series of 5 bible-based discussions led by the cathedral clergy on the ‘hot potato’ of the environment over a baked potato supper from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Thursdays in Lent in the Cathedral Hall. The dates are 14th March, 21st March, 28th March, 4th April and 11th April.
Topics will be: ‘Renewing our understanding of mission’ – Dean John; ‘The call to care for creation’ – Canon Barry; ‘The challenge to sustainable lifestyles’ – Canon Michael; ‘A biblical approach to economics’ – Canon Ailsa and ‘The Church’s role as an agent of change’ with Rev Caitlin
Please indicate if you plan to come to any of these sessions by putting your name on the list on the boards by the PCC table in the crossing.
Learning from our bishops
The Area bishops are all preaching on the theme Living Loving Learning at the 10.30am Sung Eucharists in Lent: March 10th the Bishop of Kirkstall; March 17th the Bishop of Wakefield; March 24th the Bishop of Huddersfield; April 7th the Bishop of Ripon and Easter Day the Bishop of Bradford.
Learning: Recommended Lent books
As well as the book by Jane Williams that we are offering to share at Lent lunches the cathedral shop is also stocking The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book: Reconciliation by Muthuraj Swamy – an exploration of the themes of reconciliation in 40 biblically-based meditations – price £9.99.
Loving God Living Prayer
Remember all the regular weekday prayer opportunities in cathedral life. Why not promise yourself more worship time in Lent and grow in the sense of God’s love for you?
Monday to Saturday, 8.30am morning prayer and 9am Eucharist .
Monday mornings Magadalen Fellowship at 10am
Wednesdays and Fridays noon Eucharist.
Monday to Friday evening prayer or evensong at 6 pm.
Tuesday evenings at 7.30 Space for Grace in Lent – reflective Eucharist in the Chapel of the Resurrection. Open from 7pm for silent meditation.
Saturday, evening prayer or evensong at 5.30pm.
Monday April 1st Meditation Group in the Holy Spirit Chapel.
Living: Christian life in love of God’s world
Why not use Lent to decide to act against the harm climate change is doing to our world?
Visit wearedonation.com to choose small life-style changes to try during Lent. On the homepage on the ‘make a pledge’ box enter ‘Ripon Lent Challenge’ and it will lead you to 5 simple options you can choose between to save carbon.
Alternatively pick up a copy of ‘Nine Ways to live gently on the Earth’ from the PCC table in the crossing to see what you might be able to do.
PICK UP A LEAFLET FROM THE CATHEDRAL BEFORE LENT STARTS