Streams in the Desert

Published: February 4, 2016

A message from Bishop Rachel

Lent is a time for personal growth in faith, discipleship and spirituality as we prepare to celebrate once again the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ which stands at the heart of our faith and life together.

This Lent I am encouraging us all to renew our commitment to prayer and to link this to the vision process which will unfold across the Diocese later this year.

I am very grateful to the Diocesan Worship, Prayer and Spirituality Group for compiling this Lent resource material, ‘Streams in the Desert’ (content now deprecated. For latest resources, see Lent). It is very appropriate that it explores the place of water in the scriptures and in the Christian story as we discover yet more of what it means for us to trail our wet footprints of baptism among the people and places of our daily lives.

The material is based on the resources prepared in 2012 by Bishop Michael Perham and has been edited for 2016 by Julie Fay. The brief ‘thoughts for the day’ drawn out of the scripture readings have been provided by Rob Axford, Debbie Forman, John Paul Hoskins, Jan van der Lely, Janet Williams, Paul Williams and Rosie Woodall.

I hope you will seek creative ways of using this material on your own and with others; in homes, churches, places of work and leisure; and may you be inspired and encouraged as together we seek to deepen our life of prayer as members of the Body of Christ in this Diocese.

With thanks and prayers,


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