Made in God's image
Lent is a time when Christians journey towards Easter. We try to turn away from doing wrong and ask God to help us become more like Jesus in how we treat other people and our world.
Today's activityRead: Genesis 1.24-31
Then God said, 'Let us make humankind in our own image, according to our likeness ... ' Prayer
Generous God, help us to find you in everyone we meet and share the gifts you give us with the world and its people. Amen.
Justice and freedom
Exodus, the second book of the Bible, tells the story of God delivering the people of Israel from slavery to freedom. This week we will explore how God guides Moses as he seeks justice for his people.
Read: Exodus 3.1-12
‘I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt ... and I have come down to deliver them.’
Just and loving God, help us, like Moses, to be changed and guided by your presence as we journey through life’s challenges. Amen.
Communities of justice
In Exodus, God does much more than free the Israelites from Egypt. God helps them establish a new community with new laws for everyday life designed to ensure justice and fairness for everyone.
Read: Exodus 19.1-8
So Moses ... set before them all these words that the Lord had commanded him.
God of justice and mercy, teach us to live well, to take special care for the vulnerable and to love our neighbour as ourselves. Amen.
This week we follow Jesus as he meets many different people who each have their own struggles and problems. We will explore how Jesus teaches about – and shows – the way God wants us to treat the people we encounter.
Read: Luke 10.25-28
‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart … and your neighbour as yourself.’
Lord Jesus, open our eyes this week to everyone we meet, that we may see all people as your children and share your love with them. Amen.
Jesus' way of justice
Human beings often struggle to treat each other with justice. This week we look at Jesus – whose life, death and resurrection show us what it means to act justly and love mercy.
Read: Luke 4.16-21
‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.’
PrayerLord Jesus, we thank you for coming to bring down the barriers that divide people from each other and from God. Amen.
Remembering Jesus' example
Jesus invites his followers to become like him: just, loving and holy. Worshipping together – especially sharing Holy Communion – helps us to remember Jesus’ example and get into good habits which help us follow it.
Read: Luke 22.14-20
‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’
Lord Jesus, may our worship, our prayers and our actions help us to grow more like you as we share our lives as your people. Amen.
Walking through Holy Week
As we begin Holy Week, we remember the amazing love Jesus has shown us and the new commandment he gives us – that we treat others with the same generous love.
Read: John 13.3-16; 34-35
Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.’
PrayerLoving God, may we grow to love you as you have loved us and have the courage to share this love with our neighbour. Amen.