Written by UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer
As we enter into this season of Lent, we follow Jesus to Jerusalem, travelling with him in his suffering, and to his death. This year, we are mindful of the suffering experienced by so many in our world right now. In this time of preparation and discipline, may we journey toward the transforming hope and joy of his resurrection, mindful of Jesus’ steadfast and enduring love, in the midst of danger, fear and grief. As followers of Jesus, God reminds us again of God’s deep and healing love for us and for all people.
You speak to our deepest longings for love, hope and meaning.
You call us into communion with you.
Draw close to us, as we take time in this season, to pray, to reflect,
and to open our lives to the transforming presence of your Holy Spirit.
As we journey with you to Jerusalem and remember your suffering,
we pray you will open our hearts to the suffering of the world.
Open our eyes and ears to see the needs of our neighbours
and hear the voices of those who are grieving and wounded.
Strengthen our resolve to journey with you into justice, and into
solidarity with all those who long for liberation.
As we journey with you to Easter, may you renew us in following your Way
and empower us to be bearers of God’s good news of love,
compassion and hope to our world.