A foreword from Bishop Stephen

We pray to be generous and visible people of Jesus Christ

That is our vision and Paul' s letter to the Philippians helps us with what it means to live out that vision. Indeed, I believe, there could not be a better basis in Scripture for our exploration of our diocesan vision.

The Letter to the Philippians is Paul' s most generously orientated letter. Here, Paul discusses Christian friendship and generosity in the face of the servanthood of Christ, who gave up his glory to be the slave of all.

Paul helps us understand the depth of the word We in our vision statement. He shows us, as the people of Jesus Christ, a new and challenging way of living. This includes a radical call to generosity through reflecting on God' s generosity and a challenge to live in our communities as people unafraid to name the name of Jesus Christ.

Imagine what could happen if we were shaped for humility of service as Paul sets out in this letter, just how deep and wide will be the peace of God which passes all understanding? This course is entirely home-grown, which thrills me. My grateful thanks go to those who have written this material; Richard Darmody, James Blandford-Baker and Andy Chrich.

I am encouraged about the work that has gone into this, not only because we are invited to engage with the Bible, hymnody and the testimony of our friends in Christ for the season of Lent; but because we can go on benefiting from its insights in our parishes long after Lent. My hope is that you will use this material in any period of the coming year, or further beyond.

Throughout your Lent and Eastertide experience, remember that the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keeps your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of our Lord Jesus Christ. Hang onto this always. Living this blessing is at the heart of living the diocesan Strategy.

Keep praying with me, as I pray to grow in Christ.

I warmly commend these studies to you.

The Rt Revd Stephen Conway

The Bishop of Ely

Support and Resources

The links on the left of this page will direct you to the online Lent17 booklet, along with music and testimonials to support you.