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Salvation Army leads live Lent broadcast on BBC Radio 4

A live national radio broadcast from the Salvation Army will herald the start of a Lent series that is the result of a joint initiative between the BBC and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.

Commissioner Betty Matear (President of Women’s Ministries for The Salvation Army in UK & Ireland and Moderator of the Free Churches) will deliver the message during the 40-minute live Sunday Worship broadcast on BBC Radio 4 starting at 8.10am. The service will be led by church leader Major Andrew Cox and will include contributions from the Bromley Temple band, songsters, gospel choir and members of the congregation.

The CTBI and BBC Lent series is entitled ‘Pathways of Prayer’ and will focus on six streams of Christian spirituality; six pathways to come to God, each offering a different perspective on approaching God through prayer.

Each Sunday the week of prayer and Lent study focus will start with the Sunday Worship. The broadcast from Bromley Temple will take explore the first Lent theme of ‘Holiness’. The Gospel reading for week is Matthew 26:36-46 (Jesus in Gethsemane) and the Old Testament reading is Psalm 51 (David prays out of brokenness).

Each week during Lent the Sunday Worship will be complemented by additional programmes on the Daily Service (0945-1000 BBC R4 LW), BBC local radio and with downloadable resources for groups and individuals.

For information about the 2008 CTBI/BBC Lent series and to access resources should you wish to follow the series go to or

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