Message from the Rector
On behalf of the Diss Team Ministry, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you.
The Diss Team Ministry was launched officially at a service at St Mary's in Diss in December 2012 and I welcome you to our website to learn more about us as we continue to grow our ministry and develop our unity.
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Canon Tony Billett
What Rector Tony said at the start of this Lent.
‘Don’t bother looking for the word ‘Lent’ in your Bibles, because it doesn’t exit. There is some evidence that the early Christians fasted for forty hours between Good Friday and Easter Day but the idea of them doing anything for forty days did not arise until very much later. When they worked out that Jesus’ second coming was not going to happen anytime soon they quickly stopped expecting too much from God or themselves. They hung a wooden cross upon a wall and settled back into a cosy routine. Little by little they became devoted to their comforts; soft settees, roast lamb, etc, and convinced themselves that there was no contradiction between being comfortable and being a Christian. Before long no one could spot any difference between them and the rest of the population. They just blended in. They decided to be nice rather than holy, and God moaned out.
Some, hearing his moan, started to suggest it was time to call them to their senses and the Bible offered some clues as to what they could do. Israel had spent forty years in the wilderness learning how to trust God; Elijah had spent forty days listening to God in the same place where Moses had done just the same before being given the Ten Commandments; and Jesus too had done a similar thing in the wilderness.
So the church announced a season of Lent from the old English word Lenten, meaning spring – a springtime for the soul. Forty days to cleanse the system and open the eyes to what remains when all comfort is gone. Forty days to learn what it truly means to live by God’s grace alone and not by what we can supply for ourselves. An outward bound for the souls if you like. No one has to sign up for it but if you do it can change your life.’