Lent Retreat: 2018

from the ISC: Glasgow

Day 1 - Easter Sunday

God is Present: God is with you. Ask God to inspire your imagination.

Ask for what you desire. What gift, what grace do you want right now?

Read the passage through.

Identify with a character: Choose one of the people in the story and imagine the scene from their point of view.

Set the Scene: Fill in the details which the scripture leaves out to make the story real for you. Imagine the scenery, the weather, the people. Be aware of how you feel.

Luke 24:1-12-56 (NRSVA)

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.’

Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

Conversation: When you come towards the end of your time of prayer, talk to Jesus about what has come up for you.
Or considering the subject matter of today's prayer, you may want to talk with one of the Marys, the Beloved disciple, or another of Jesus' followers.
Imagine how they might reply.

A Prayer: End with a formal prayer, such as the Lord's Prayer/Our Father

 Today's Meditation

Moving On

Time now to enjoy the delight and hope of Easter, the time of the Resurrection
As you finish your Lenten Retreat its time to take stock.
Spend a little time pondering what fruit, what lessons has God given you over this Lenten Retreat.

Are there any changes to your routine, to your life that you wish to make - changes big or small?

Going Forward

We have a few suggestions as to ways you might like to move on with prayer both individually and as a group.

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 Review of Prayer

 Suggestions for Prayer

Take time to pray with today's scripture you could use imaginative contemplation.
You might want to take stock of what God has given you during this Lenten retreat following suggestions in 'Today's Meditation'.

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