Temptation: I arrived at church cold and wet having delivered leaflets around the estate behind church.
I immediately felt friendliness warmth and peace as I entered church. One thing that I enjoy about the Triangle is the fact that every service is completely different.Today is the first Sunday in Lent when we think about the temptations that Jesus had to suffer in the wilderness before being put to death on the cross.
Rightly, the service today was solemn and thought provoking with some slightly more sombre hymns and readings. The large bare wooden cross stood in its place at the front of church as it will throughout lent.
Following the reading from Matthew chapter 4 verses 1 to 11 that tells Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by Satan we watched a very moving film clip showing the pain Jesus must have gone through and what he must have felt. Seeing this in picture form brings it home in a much more dramatic way and really spoke to me about his suffering and strength.
In her sermon Hillary talked about how we are all tempted and all have different weaknesses whether it be doughnuts, alcohol, gambling, porn, or spending too much money. We need to be aware of our weaknesses -we are more easily tempted when we are vulnerable.
At the Triangle we need to be forgiving of others and support each other. Lent is time to listen to God and deepen our relationship with him.
Todays service was a communion service. In receiving the bread and wine we are refreshed and strengthened. Quiet music and pictures of Christ on the cross and the communion bread and wine help this to be a time of individual prayer and reflection. I feel spiritually refreshed ready for the week ahead.
Kindly written by Susy Martin.