Nothing More and Nothing Less is an original Lent course by Virginia Moffatt, which uses the powerful, multi-award winning film, I Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach and written by Paul Laverty, as an opportunity for us to question why so many people in our society are suffering, what causes injustice and oppression – looking at examples from Jesus’ time as well as today – and what we can do in response.
The course is based around five weekly group sessions entitled: Systems of Oppression; Staying Human; Compassion in the Darkness; Fighting Back or Giving In?; The Suffering Servant.
NB: the DVD is not included
Each session includes suggested clips from I, Daniel Blake to watch as a group, reflection points and discussion starters, a suitable Bible reading and prayers, and a short section of suggestions for ways in which course members could make a positive practical response.
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In the Bible the desert is a place of punishment and discipline, but also of blessing and love’s reawakening. Both Jesus and the people of Israel before him spent time in the desert, learning what it meant to be chosen and loved and holy. Yet while the people of the exodus frequently got it wrong, providing some cautionary tales for us to learn from, Jesus himself constantly got it right, offering a perfect model for us to follow.
In The Way of the Desert Andrew Watson takes us on a Lenten journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day, from the parting of the Red Sea to Israel’s entry into the promised land. Combining these Old Testament scriptures with insight from the Gospels, he reveals the continuing relevance of the exodus story to all who would seek to follow Christ.
The Lent Creative Retreat Activity book is the newest of a series of Retreat books written and illustrated by Mary & Mark Fleeson with readings, prayers and activities split into sections to help you Take time out with God.
This book gives an opportunity to discover some of the things that the approach to Easter can teach us. Some of the meditations, prayers and activities are intended to challenge and some to help you relax and clear your mind. All encourage you to hear the ‘still, small voice’.
It is recommended that the activities are spread over the weeks of Lent and cover 'Sharing Together', 'Prophecy Fulfilled', 'Forgiveness', 'Behold' and 'Father into Your hands'
Strangely Warmed is a collection of short pieces which take a wry look at the world and reflect on questions that arise form the everyday. The advertising slogan, the church jumble sale, the Routemaster bus: all can unexpectedly bring us close to God. Reviews of this refreshing book include:'Pious claptrap and hand-wringing sanctimonious drivel. If that is what you are expecting you are going to be sadly disappointed. These meditations from a parish priest are witty, erudite, self-deprecating, eloquent and thoughtful. They are even quite short. Strangely Warmed? Yes, I actually was.' Ian Hislop
'Andrew Rumsey's meditations break the mould of Lent books. His eye for the ridiculous, his ear for the telling, resonating phrase, and his deep but refreshingly different spirituality merge effortlessly. Think Spike Milligan doing Thought for the Day. You will laugh out loud one minute and want to pray out loud the next. Many Christians suffer from irony deficiency. Rumsey might just be the cure.' Tom Wright.
‘This is my second Passiontide here. When people suggest in their letters ... that I’m “suffering” here, I reject the thought. It seems to me a profanation. These things musn’t be dramatized. I doubt very much whether I’m “suffering” any more than you, or most people, are suffering today. Of course, a great deal here is horrible, but where isn’t ? ... No, suffering must be something quite different, and have quite a different dimension, from what I’ve so far experienced.
FROM A LETTER TO EBERHARD BETHGE FROM TEGEL PRISON, 9 MARCH 1944
These stirring words are among forty-seven devotions that will guide and inspire readers as they move thematically through the weeks of Lent and Easter, encountering themes of prayerful reflection, self-denial, temptation, suffering, and the meaning of the cross. Passages from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s letters and sermons provide special encouragement as readers prepare themselves spiritually for Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Supplemented by an informative introduction to Bonhoeffer’s life and a Scripture passage for each day of the season, these daily devotions are moving reminders of the true gift of Christ on the cross.