by Brita Chell
Member, Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede
Member, Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission
The Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede
99 Turner Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3J 2S9
[email protected]
We acknowledge that the Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Cree, and Dakota Nations, and the homeland of the Metis Nation, and that we gather on Treaty 1 land. We are grateful for their stewardship of this land and their hospitality, which allows us to live, work, and serve God the Creator here.
                         Lenten Message from Bishop Geoff

God of wilderness wandering, you are near, and you are calling. In this time of our Lenten pilgrimage, create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we might live the One Body you have given us. This we ask in the name of Christ. Amen.

Dear people of God,

God calls us through Lent to enter into intentional spiritual discipline, a practice long-held by the Church. As disciples of Jesus, each of us willingly offer ourselves to the learning and growth that God intends for strengthening the One Body. 

Everyone is necessary for the health of the Body, and everyone has gifts necessary for the work for which the Body is called by God. Through the Litany of Penitence on Ash Wednesday together we make deep and somewhat disturbing confessions of our past behaviour and prejudice; we seek to receive healing so that out of our brokenness we might better engage God’s call to us. Together
we receive the sign of ashes to identify our remorsefulness, and our willingness to forgive as we have been forgiven.

May this Lent mark for us fresh insight, whole forgiveness, and a profound sense of our interdependence with one another, and for God.

Rt. Rev. Geoff Woodcroft
Bishop of the Diocese of Rupert's Land