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In the six weeks of Lent 2008 Sunday Worship on BBC Radio 4 visited six major strands of Christian spirituality - six pathways. Each service used prayers and music drawn from one of six varied pathways of Christian spirituality.
Sunday 10th February
Sunday Worship for the first Sunday in Lent came from the Salvation Army Corps in Bromley, Kent. We explored the Holiness tradition of Christian spirituality. The preacher was Salvation Army Commissioner and Moderator of the Free Churches, Betty Matear. She was also one of the speakers at The Gathering in May 2008.
Gospel reading: Matthew 26:36-46, Jesus in Gethsemane.
Old Testament reading: Psalm 51, David prays out of brokenness.
Sunday 17th February
This week's Sunday Worship explored the spirituality of social justice. The service came from St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow, and the preacher was the General Secretary of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, Revd Canon Bob Fyffe.
Gospel reading: Matthew 21:12-17, Jesus clears the temple.
Old Testament reading: Habakkuk 1:2-7, 3:17-19, Habakkuk's complaint.
Sunday 24th February
This week's Sunday Worship came from the Church of St Philip and St James, Holywood, County Down. We explored the devotional spirituality of the evangelical tradition. The sermon was from the Right Reverend Kenneth Clarke, The Church of Ireland Bishop of Kilmore.
Gospel reading: John 17:1-8, Jesus prays for his disciples.
Complementary reading: Ephesians 3:14-21, Paul prays for the church.
Sunday 2nd March
Saturday 1st March 2008 was St David's Day. This week's Sunday Worship came from St David's Cathedral in Wales. It was led by the Dean, the Very Revd Wyn Evans. The preacher was the Bishop of St David's, The Rt Revd Carl Cooper. We explored the sacramental tradition in prayer. Sunday 2nd March 2008 was also Mothering Sunday.
Gospel reading: John 13:1-14, Jesus washes his disciples' feet.
Old Testament reading: 1 Samuel 1:1-18, Hannah's prayer at the temple.
Sunday 9th March
Sunday 9th March is known in some traditions as Passion Sunday.
This week's Sunday Worship took the form of a meditation by Dr Nicholas Buxton, recorded during a visit to St Antony's Monastary in Egypt's eastern desert. We explored the contemplative spirituality of the monastic tradition. In 2005 Nick Buxton was one of the retreatants who spent 40 days at Worth Abbey for the BBC2 series The Monastery. After a profound experience there, Nick Buxton offered himself for ordination.
Gospel reading: Matthew 19:16-22, A Rich Young Man.
Old Testament reading: Psalm 46, God, our refuge and strength.
Sunday 16th March
Today is Palm Sunday. As we moved towards Easter we explored the spirituality of the charismatic movement. This week's Sunday Worship came from the Church of God of Prophecy in Winson Green, Birmingham. The preacher was Bishop Dr Joe Aldred.
Gospel reading: Matthew 21:1-11, Jesus enters Jerusalem.
Old Testament reading: 2 Samuel 6:1-23, David dances before the ark.
You could follow the events of Holy Week with the drama series The Passion which started this Holy Week in 2008 on BBC1.
This material has been provided by BBC Radio 4 in collaboration with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
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