Dear Friends
This month sees the start of Lent, the season of penitence,self-examination and fasting running up to Easter.Fasting can be a neglected discipline,but it plays an important part in the Christian life.Jesus began His earthly ministry by fasting in the wilderness for 40 days and He taught His disciples to fast (i.e.not if but ‘when you fast,put oil on your head and wash your face,so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting,but only to your Father,who is unseen.’ (Matthew 6:17,18). Why Fast? Firstly,giving up something in my life underlines my desire to put God first in my life.Secondly,fasting shows me how much I depend on things other than God in my life,so I can surrender my idols to Him.Thirdly,fasting encourages me to have a deeper hunger and dependency for God in my life.Therefore,fasting gives me space to humbly focus on God for His strength,provision,and wisdom and results in a more intimate relationship with Christ.It also enables the Holy Spirit to reveal my true spiritual condition,leading to b r ok e nnes s, r epentance, and a transformed life, with a heart more attentive to God. How can I fast? Usually fasting involves missing one or two meals during the day,although some can’t abstain from food for medical reasons.It might also include abstaining or limiting the time I give to television,alcohol or social media.However,Lent can also be a time to embrace new spiritual disciplines e.g.joining a study group,‘random acts of kindness’,or giving more time to prayer and Bible study.Whatever you do, make Lent count this year! *** Womens World Day of Prayer Please join with others at St Benedicts Church Sketty for the World Day of Prayer at 11am Friday 6 March 2020. This year’s theme is Rise!Take up your Mat and Walk.
PARISH OF KILLAY
The Church in Wales in the Diocese of Swansea & Brecon
St Hilary & St Martin
PLWYF CILÂ
Copyright Parish of Killay 2018
Dear Friends
This month sees the start of Lent, the season of penitence,self-examination and fasting running up to Easter.Fasting can be a neglected discipline,but it plays an important part in the Christian life.Jesus began His earthly ministry by fasting in the wilderness for 40 days and He taught His disciples to fast (i.e.not if but ‘when you fast,put oil on your head and wash your face,so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting,but only to your Father,who is unseen.’ (Matthew 6:17,18). Why Fast? Firstly,giving up something in my life underlines my desire to put God first in my life.Secondly,fasting shows me how much I depend on things other than God in my life,so I can surrender my idols to Him.Thirdly,fasting encourages me to have a deeper hunger and dependency for God in my life.Therefore,fasting gives me space to humbly focus on God for His strength,provision,and wisdom and results in a more intimate relationship with Christ.It also enables the Holy Spirit to reveal my true spiritual condition,leading to b r ok e nnes s, r epentance, and a transformed life, with a heart more attentive to God. How can I fast? Usually fasting involves missing one or two meals during the day,although some can’t abstain from food for medical reasons.It might also include abstaining or limiting the time I give to television,alcohol or social media.However,Lent can also be a time to embrace new spiritual disciplines e.g.joining a study group,‘random acts of kindness’,or giving more time to prayer and Bible study.Whatever you do, make Lent count this year! *** Womens World Day of Prayer Please join with others at St Benedicts Church Sketty for the World Day of Prayer at 11am Friday 6 March 2020. This year’s theme is Rise!Take up your Mat and Walk.
Copyright Parish of Killay 2018
PARISH OF KILLAY
The Church in Wales in the Diocese of Swansea & Brecon
St Hilary & St Martin
PLWYF CILÂ