Done for Lent 2021

Done for Lent 2021

This is a short exercise I am introducing to you for consideration as a Lenten exercise.

People form among their friends and relations small gatherings through text, watts app or email of no more than four people. The members of the group could live on the same street different ends of the country or at the four corners of the planet, it makes no difference. From Ash Wednesday and on every Wednesday during Lent I will provide on the parish watts app and on the parish website a short piece of scripture for people to read, pray and reflect on every day for the next seven days. On each day the person notes the words or thoughts that immediately come to mind. These observations might be the same every day or vary as the days go by, just go with it. After each exercise the person texts or emails to the others in their group ‘done’. This is a simple means of being accountable to the others, that a person is doing the meditation each day. On the Tuesday after the reflection the person writes down the conclusion of their reflection and share with the other members of the group. However, a person should not look at what their friends have shared before completing their own exercise. The only influence on a person should be the Word of God. This Done for Lent programme will last until the end of Lent. If done well, (no pun intended) people will experience sharing their faith with each other and that will hopefully enrich their friendships.

Fr D  

Wednesday 17th February 2021
Here is our first scripture text for the week ahead. It’s from Deuteronomy 7:6, 8-9:
The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his own possession, out of all the peoples that are on the face of the earth. It is because the Lord loves you, and is keeping the oath which he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations. 


Spend a few minutes quietly with the text each day. Don’t worry about what to think just be still. When we start worrying as to what to do it becomes a distraction so just relax with the text for a moment it’s God’s words to you. After each exercise each day message your friends ‘done’ to show that you have done the exercise that day. Then on Tuesday message to your friends what the text is saying to you about your relationship with God. Don’t worry, the Holy Spirit will guide you. It may be a few words it might be as long as this text! It does not matter if it comes from your heart with God’s Grace. Enjoy. God Bless.

Wednesday 24th February 2021

I hope that those of you taking part in the Done for Lent program are receiving the graces and the share yesterday bore fruit. Today I offer to you Psalm23 in its entirety. I hope you will enjoy reflecting on its words.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me, your rod and your staff - they comfort me. You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

God Bless.

Wednesday 3rd March

Hello everyone, here’s another famous verse from scripture to pray over in the week ahead. It is from the prophet Micah (6:8) and though short it has a lot of depth. I hope you will enjoy being nourished by it.

This is what the Lord asks of you; only this, to act justly, love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God.

Wednesday 10th March


The next text is addressed to the Prophet Jeremiah so please feel free to read it with you in the place of Jeremiah. 


Jeremiah Ch1:5-8
The Lord said "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." 
Then I said "Ah Lord God, Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a child"
But the Lord said to me. "Do not say I am only a child for you shall go to all whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them for I am with you to deliver you."

Wednesday 17th March

Here is this week’s text.

If God is for us who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all - how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died - more than that - who raised to life, is at the right hand of God interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or the sword? As it is written: For your sake we face death all day long: we are considered as sheep for the slaughter. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angel or demon neither the present or the future nor any powers neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:31-39.

Wednesday 17th March

If God is for us who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all - how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died - more than that - who raised to life, is at the right hand of God interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or the sword? As it is written: For your sake we face death all day long: we are considered as sheep for the slaughter. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angel or demon neither the present or the future nor any powers neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:31-39. I

Wednesday 24th March

This is what I shall tell my heart, and so recover hope: the favours of the Lord are not all past, his kindnesses are not exhausted; every morning they are renewed; great is his faithfulness.

My portion is the Lord says my soul and so I will hope in him. The Lord is good to those who trust him, to the soul that searches for him. It is good to wait in silence for the Lord to save
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Lamentations Ch 3