It’s Lent. Lent is about preparation through prayer, and repentance and we have decided that divisiveness and disagreement is something that needs to be addressed as something to give up for
Community events: First, I want to thank everyone who helped us raise over $3000 for donation to the bushfire appeal. We won’t stop caring about our community, even with the immediate threat of fire lessened, we’ll continue to be available for what is needed as we are able, I hope you’ll do the same. To that end, because there is so much BAD on the internet, false or misleading information, waging of dissent and disharmony, here at the start of Lent, we’ve decided to WAGE PEACE for Lent.
To that end, we will look at Peace in Song for the first week in Lent, beginning March 1st. This is an easy one because ON March 1st, something new to me is happening. With a rich traditional history, the Gymanfa Ganu will be on the 1st of March, St. David’s Day. We will raise the Welsh flag in song at 11am at the Welsh Church, but amount of music and singing is so encompassing that we have to go to a bigger place! So hopefully we will see you at St. Michaels Uniting on the corner of Collins and Russell Streets at 3pm.
It’s a singing festival! And not just that, but a festival of hymn singing. So many of the wonderful rich hymns that I know and love came out of this tradition. To my delight, I am told that new hymns once made their debut at local Gymanfa Ganu, and then are practiced in the pubs in the evenings by the choirs learning them, or by choirs, conductors, song-writers, who are making their own new ones to present. And larger regional and national Gymanfa Ganu follow. If they are good, they are taken to a Gymanfa and shared wider and wider.
And we’re busy! We’ve welcomed guests from Wales, to sing and conduct and even preach! The voices, the singing, are pretty amazing. With all these guests, and immersed deeply in the hospitality of the time, we’re waging Peace in Example for the second week of Lent.
The third week in Lent we will wage Peace in Community, and the fourth will be Peace in Creation. Peace in Hospitality is our last week in March.
Lent is a season for ‘giving up’ things as we turn to look to the Cross of Easter, and we do so, with peace in our hearts and on our lips!