A joyous service this morning (21 April 2019) as we celebrated Christ’s resurrection. Most of the children, and some of the adults, had brought hard boiled eggs with a variety of decorative styles; one even in a cleverly embellished egg basket. The children then reviewed the Easter story as depicted in the diorama that evolved over the last few days. The hill of Golgotha with the empty crosses; the crown of thorns; Jesus’ cloak, which the soldiers had gambled for using dice; the bloodied spear which had been used to pierce Christ’s side to ensure he was indeed dead. There are blood-stained holes in the cross where the nails punctured his hands and feet. The empty tomb with just the grave linens lying there and the light of the angels who stayed behind.
After the service many joined in an egg rolling bit of fun. This is symbolic of the boulder being rolled away from the grave.
This evening (7pm on Friday 19th April 2019) some 40 people came together to remind themselves about the events that happened the day after the Passover Meal. Prophecies were fulfilled and Christ was crucified.
We are now anticipating the celebrations on Sunday.
This evening (7pm on Thursday 18th April 2019) more than 30 people came together to hear the story of the last Passover Meal shared by Jesus and his disciples before his arrest, trail and crucifixion. We joined in a shared taking of bread and wine as we remembered the events of the ‘Upper Room’ and were reminded of Christ’s act of servitude as he washed the feet of his followers (John 13: 1-17).
“We place our hands in your hands Lord, for it is only with your help that we can …”
Palm Sunday is one of the key dates in the liturgical calendar. The congregation joined in with the singing and joyously waved palm leaves (alternatives used).
A little later during the service those who were able paraded round the sanctuary and laid their greenery on the carpet leading to the communion table, with the ministers robe completing the representation of a carpet for a King, as described in the Gospels on Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.
Today’s events give us a chance to reflect on Jesus’ ministry; calling to his followers, including us, to answer the question “Who do you think I am?” or “Who do you say I am?”. Do we believe he is the Son of God? Do we follow him with our whole lives or just sometimes? There is no right answer, everyone will be different. Then, as now, there are dissenters and doubters.
NOTICES: Please refer to the calendar for upcoming events (and cancellations). If you have anything you would like included in the next magazine, it needs to be with William by next Sunday, 21st April.
UPCOMING SERVICES: We look forward to welcoming anyone who can make it to our services on Thursday (Maundy Thursday) at 7pm and Good Friday, also at 7pm, as we remember the Easter story, and particularly the fulfilment of the prophecy that Jesus would rise again. We will celebrate on Sunday morning.
Saturday 13th April 2019. Face painting; balloons; plants; handcrafts and cake – lots of cake! The team (photographed below) have worked hard and we hope that it is a great success! (UPDATE: on 14th Sarah had raised £810 with a wee bit more to come. She wishes to thank everyone who supported the event, both helpers and customers)