Why give at Lent?
Even in our secular age Lent is still associated in the public mind with self-denial. It runs counter to our consumer culture.
“We’re reminded that true fulfilment is found in something more than pleasure and plenty. In the Christian Church Lent has never simply been about giving things up. It’s a time to take stock. It’s also a time to take things on. Perhaps increased prayer, a study group, attendance at weekly worship – such Lenten commitments – are common. As we enter into Jesus’ time in the wilderness, and seek to draw close to him as we relive his final days, we discover anew how he gave himself away for the life of the world.
“That’s why we have a Lent Appeal. The generosity of Jesus Christ inspires our own. This year our Appeal is to raise the funds to buy a vehicle for the Diocese of Dogura in an incredibly remote area of Papua New Guinea. The Rt Revd Tennyson Bogar, Bishop of Dogura, has said it is one of the most urgent needs of the people of his Diocese at this time. We want to support their ministry as they provide education and essential medical attention for their local community and beyond.
“Do please join me in giving generously as our response to Christ’s endless generosity to us.
The Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich