16 March 2019

Praying through Lent with
USPG (11): 16 March 2019

‘Jesus is Nailed to the Cross’ … Station XI in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, Co Limerick (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2019)

Patrick Comerford

During Lent this year, I am using the USPG Prayer Diary, Pray with the World Church, for my morning prayers and reflections.

USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) is the Anglican mission agency that partners churches and communities worldwide in God’s mission to enliven faith, strengthen relationships, unlock potential, and champion justice. It was founded in 1701.

USPG is holding a conference in Liverpool Cathedral today [16 March 2019] on the theme of ‘Remembering History – Rethinking Mission.’

The conference is asking questions such as ‘How might 21st century mission be redefined as we remember our past?’ ‘What can churches offer to missiological thinking in a contemporary post-colonial and post-transatlantic-slave-trade world?’

This is an opportunity to rethink mission with speakers from the Caribbean, West Africa, Britain and the US, including: the Revd Dr Michael Clarke, Principal of Codrington College, Barbados; the Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons; the Revd Dr Daniel Justice Eshun, Dean of Chapel, Whitelands College, University of Roehampton, London; and the Revd Winnie Varghese, Director of Justice and Reconciliation, Trinity Church Wall Street, New York.

Rethinking Mission is an initiative of USPG that aims to stimulate new thinking about the theology of mission, enlightened by perspectives of Christians from around the world. The online journal is available at www.rethinkingmission.org

This week (10-16 March), the USPG Prayer Diary is focussing on India.

On Sunday morning [10 March 2019], the diary included an article based on a report on the Institute of Pastoral Management (IPM), run by the Church of South India.

Saturday 16 March 2019:

Give thanks for the work of the Institute of Pastoral Management, for all who have participated in it and all who have benefited from the knowledge passed on. .

The Collect:

Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:
Give us grace to discipline ourselves
in obedience to your Spirit;
and, as you know our weakness,
so may we know your power to save;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Lenten Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God,
you hate nothing that you have made
and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts
that we, worthily lamenting our sins
and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may receive from you, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Continued tomorrow

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