Throughout Lent, Monton Methodist have been dressing their Tree of Life with the elements of Lenten symbols. They will be continuing to do this even while we no longer physically meet for worship. Below are some pictures along with the Meditations.
1st Sunday in Lent - Bread and Wine
‘Then he took bread, broke it and gave it to his disciples saying ‘take and eat’ – ‘This is my body’. Then he passed to them the cup and said ‘drink from it’ – ‘This is my blood shed for you’
His body was broken,
Not for the few,
But for us,
And for many.
His blood was shed,
Not for the good,
But for us,
And for many.
Lord, as we place the bread and wine so may that same bread always nourish us and that same life-giving drink may refresh us day by day. In your name. Amen.
2nd Sunday in Lent - Towel and Basin
‘Jesus left his place at the table, took off his cloak and tied a towel around his waist. Taking a basin of water He began to wash the disciples’ feet’
See, He kneels, the servant King,
Full of gentle care, of sadness,
Longing to draw closer to those he loved, and soon would leave,
…reaching out to touch and bless them.
As we place the towel and the basin so we pray that we might be people of gentleness, of hospitality, of humility .. for that is how God has come to us. Amen.
3rd Sunday in Lent - Bag of Coins
Afterwards they went to the Mount of Olives and entered the garden of Gethsemane. There Jesus knelt in prayer.
Judas stepped forward and greeted Jesus with a kiss, and the guards arrested him. But the disciples ran away.
Gethsemane; temptations empty stage,
Where followers fell and Satan sighed and laughed.
The hoard drew nearer and darkness flames as torches filled the night.
The coldest kiss pressed in the evening’s chill
Against the face of one whose life had been love.
As we place these coins the symbol of Judas’ betrayal. We know there are times when we betray Jesus without thinking. We are sorry and in this moment we acknowledge our part in His crucifixion. Lord forgive us.
4th Sunday in Lent - Purple Robe and Crown of Thorns
Jesus was taken to the courtyard where the soldiers began to beat him. They hit him, spat on him, and dressed him in a purple robe. They made a crown out of thorn branches and pressed it on his head. They bowed down to him and shouted ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’
Come and see, come and see,
Come and see the King of love;
See the purple robe and crown of thorns He wears.
Soldiers mock, rulers sneer
As He lifts the cruel cross;
Lone and friendless now,
He climbs towards the hill.
As we place the robe and the crown of thorns so we stand and watch..Quiet..wondering if it is too dangerous or too inconvenient to speak up for him. Jesus we are with you now entering a little into your pain. Help us to know that you are always with us.
5th Sunday in Lent - Whip
Pilate, afraid of the crowd, called for a bowl of water, washed his hands and said ‘ I am not responsible for this man’s death. This is your doing’
Pilate set Barabbas free, and after having Jesus whipped, the soldiers led him away to be crucified.
‘I asked him to speak up but he never said a word – it was as if he hadn’t heard me. What was I to do? It wasn’t my fault … yet after it was over I had a dream… that there were thousands of millions of people crying for him … all of them calling out my name … and leaving me the blame.’
As we place the whip and the shadows lengthen, so we remember the suffering of Jesus – the one who stands with all who suffer.
6th Sunday in Lent - Palm Branch
Jesus entered Jerusalem, riding on a donkey. The people were overjoyed and excited to see Him. They put their cloaks on the ground and cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road to make a carpet fit for a king.
They shouted out ‘Hosanna, God bless Him who comes in the name of the Lord!’
How they acclaim the King on the donkey.. and yet how short-lived their joy…and we think them fickle – yet we are part of that same short-lived joy…that same broken loyalty.
We place palm branches at the cross and we pray that this holy week we might look into the face of Christ and hear the challenge of the Palm Sunday message. In His name we pray. Amen.
Good Friday - Nails
When they came to the place called Golgotha, there they crucified Him. Above Him was a sign ‘Jesus of Nazareth – King of the Jews’
At the foot of the cross the soldiers gambled for His robe. Nearby stood Mary, the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene and John, a disciple. They stayed there until Jesus died.
When Jesus died His body was taken down and placed in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, and the entrance was sealed with a large stone.
All of life is at the foot of His cross,
As in frailty he looks down;
The curtain falls,
It seems he could not keep his promise after all…
And the world is dark.