Rev. Kathleen Mowat.
Message from the Minister
As we enter into the season of Lent there are many images which come to mind.
Some of these are sacrifice, confession, prayer and quiet reflection in the weeks before Easter.
Lent is a time to examine what we mean when we pray our prayers of confession.
Confession is counter cultural. In our society insurance companies and lawyers advise us not to confess to having done something wrong.
In our society there is much posturing and making ourselves look good.
It becomes easy to assume that we are the only ones who struggle, make mistakes and don't lead perfect lives. If everyone is doing things perfectly, then we may seem more like failures.
Yet people are choosing to portray only the best about themselves.
Confession is good for individuals and our society because in it we acknowledge to each other and to ourselves, the messiness of our lives, the challenges and the griefs.
Confession is not about making ourselves look good but allowing ourselves to be real.
God's love is greater than any wrong which may have been done to us.
As exprssed in Ephesians 3:20, the power of God's love can accomplish infinitely more than anything we could hope or imagine. In God's love, proclaimed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus there is healing and hope.
I would like to share an Ancient prayer of Confession:
Lord, I commit my failures as well as my successes into your hands, and I bring for your healing, the people and the situations, the wrongs and the hurts of the past. Give me the courage, the strength and the generosity to let go and move on.
Leaving the past behind me.
And living the present to the full.
Lead me always to be positive as I entrust the past to your mercy,
the present to your love,
and the future to your providence.
(Augustine of Hippo, (354-430 CE) The United Church of Canhada, Gathering Lent, Easter 2020.
May this Lenten time be filled with our God's grace and abundant blessings.
Rev. Kathleen Mowat