Invite Blurb and Speakers list for our first Seeds for Lent in 2001
Seeds for Lent 2001
Having been a friend and/or a participant in the work of the Urban Mission Unit I would like to welcome you to SEEDS for LENT.
UMU exists to plant seeds; through the formation community, relationships with people on the margins, public advocacy and education. Seeds to help us maintain belief in the face of our unbelief during these distracting times. We hope that the seeds we offer here might bring new growth that would revitalise your discipleship, your local community, even the church and society.
Originating in the fourth century of the church, the season of Lent spans 40 weekdays beginning on Ash Wednesday and climaxing during Holy Week. Originally, Lent was the time of preparation for those who were to be baptized, a time of study and prayer before their baptism at the celebration of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. But since these new members were to be received into a living community of Faith, the entire community was called to preparation. This was also the time when those who had been separated from the Church would prepare to rejoin the community.
These SEEDS FOR LENT are a gift from the Urban Mission Unit to you. In this booklet we invite you to participate in some or all of nine suggested disciplines or ‘seeds’ over the Lenten period. At the back is a pocket of seeds for you to plant. You may want to plant one for each action you undertake. The idea is that it is a symbolic reminder of Gods’ miraculous lifegiving work of love in and around us, even when it is buried deep in the midst of suffering where we cannot see it and have no control (Mark 4:26-29).
You will be joined by members of the Central House and Credo Communities, as well as other individuals and groups who participate in Melbourne’s community based, discipleship movement.
If you are local and able I hope to see you at our gatherings however if you are far away or unable to join us please let us know as even if you can only undertake one discipline/seed we would like to uphold you in prayer during this time.
May your seeds find good soil this Lent.
SPEAKERS for SEEDS GATHERINGS
MONDAY EVENINGS @ CREDO from 7.30pm
March 5 : 1ST Monday in Lent
Rowena Curtis: Gospel Spirituality
(Is the 1st woman to pastor Collins St. Baptist in 160 years)
March 12 : 2nd Monday in Lent
Rainer Shack: Vision for the Urban Church
(Is the new pastor of multicultural Footscray Baptist)
March 19 : 3rd Monday in Lent
T.Costello : Why do bad things happen to good people?(Tim is a national living treasure!)
March 26 : 4th Monday in Lent
Colin Duthie : Rembrant, Nouwen and the Prodigal
(Col helps lead Australian Navigators, and hangs out a lot in universitys)
April 2 : 5th Monday in Lent
Merril Kitchen : Mega-Events and Forgotten Women
(Merril is Principal at Church of Christ Theological College)
April 9 : Holy Week Monday
Peter Chapman: The Cross, Political Action & Disciples
(Peter heads up Common Life, a Christian alternative)