Lent 2012

Join us as we follow the traditional Liturgical calendar with churches around the world. Our first Sunday begins with a special Ash Prayer.
10:15am Sundays 26 Feb – April 8
Tenebrae Service ‘Garden Sounds’ Friday April 6
A beautiful time of reflection as we partake in communion and experience a gallery in the Tenebrae tradition. We invite you to wear black – the colour of mourning and join us after this short service for a hot-crossed bun Fair Trade breakfast.
8:45am sharp at CCC, doors close at 9am.
Easter Sunday Celebration
Celebrate the Amazing Beauty of Easter Sunday and participate in the tradition of the flowering cross. We will close our time with an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids!
10:15am at CCC.
Lent in this (southern) hemisphere heralds the autumn. Nature pares down to her essentials. She carries with her the seeds of the future. She concentrates her energies on the one thing necessary that life may be renewed when the globe turns once more towards the sun. Gardeners do their essential tidying and preparation. We plant our bulbs, hoping for new life in the future.
We, the church, also pare down in Lent. Lent focuses on the essentials: the new life in the death and resurrection of Jesus and our participation in this through our faith and baptism. After the busyness of the summer there is a time to learn to pause.  We Christians can plant some bulbs together, praying that through our celebration of Lent new life may spring up in our community and throughout the world.
These forty days, approximately a tenth of the year, are our tithe of the year. (This is traditionally a time where the church community renews their commitment to God, through prayer, fasting and giving.) Our personal Lenten disciplines, however, are not just another self-improvement course. They are to prepare us for a party, the party of Easter.
Rev. Bosco Peters. From liturgy.con.nz