Dear Friends I bring greetings to you all in Christ, as we gather here at St Stephen this day on the ancestral territories of the Sylix peoples with whom we are on a sacred journey of truth telling, reconciliation and healing. We gather recognizing that this sacred journey is one we live into as individuals and as communities. In love we are called to be co-creators with God, to be truth-tellers, and healers, but our failures and shortcomings often leave us keenly aware of what seems an unbridgeable distance from the mystery and the promise of holy relationship.
In Christ, God bridges this distance and reaches out to us across time and space. The season of Lent invites us to reflect on those places in us that are broken; places where we are in need of God’s love poured out. As we reflect, and mend the broken places, we do so with contrite but hopeful hearts, trusting in God’s steadfast love and infinite mercy.