God’s Grace is Enough ( 2 Cor 12:9)                                                         View this email in your browser
This week's 'Thought for St James'

It’s the season of Lent again…I don’t know about you… but I’m rubbish with Lent – for me, trying to give up chocolate or wine feels like a New Years’ resolution gone wrong again! Of course, we can give up things that might help our environment for example, eat less meat, use less plastic…

Or rather, we could intentionally do something we have been meaning to for a while - write some letters, make phone calls, bake a cake to bless someone.

All these things are good, and it’s our calling as followers of Jesus to live in a way that honours God.
 However, it’s important to make sure that Lent does not make us feel guilty. It’s very easy, especially at the moment, to feel bad, to feel we are not doing enough, and be overly critical of ourselves.

Archbishop Justin Welby, tweeted on Ash Wednesday: Lent isn’t about punishing ourselves. It’s about drawing closer to Christ and allowing Him to share in our struggles.’

Perhaps we should be gentle with ourselves, as Jesus was gentle with those who admitted their failure and weakness, and humbly came to him.

Nothing we do will ever be ‘enough’…but God’s grace is enough (Rom 3: 23 -25).  So, this Lent, let’s not end up feeling guilty because we have failed yet another self-imposed expectation, let’s make it our aim to draw closer to Jesus. To rest in his loving embrace, be restored by his Spirit, and find strength to go on.

Jan Smith

Services this week

Click here to join St Margaret's Sunday 9am on Zoom
Click here to join Sundays at 11am on Zoom
Click here to join Night Prayer 9pm
Click here to join Morning Prayer Tuesday & Thursday 8am and use this passcode 125503

Family Church
Sunday 10am on Zoom

We will be together for about 35 minutes. During our time together, we continue looking at the two kings. We will sing songs, look at the Bible story and then we will pray together before we finish. 

Youth on Sunday (Y[i]oS) 
Sunday 5pm on Zoom

We will play a few games, pray for each other and for the rest of this term we will look at the Lord's prayer. Each week we will look very briefly at one line in order that we can get to know more deeply this very familiar, yet amazing prayer. This is open to anyone aged 12-18 so please do encourage your young people to join us.

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