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)
Today’s service included readings from Luke’s Gospel (Luke 9: 57-62 & Luke 15: 25-33) and considered what it means to be a disciple of Christ. Jesus cautioned potential followers that this would be a full-time commitment for life and that we should carefully consider the implications of what this means. During the offering Rosemary played Stuart Townend’s “The Lord’s my Shepherd” which has the refrain “And I will trust in You alone”, the original of which can be heard HERE.
The children had discovered Bible words beginning with ‘L’ and ‘M’ and included:
Lazarus; Luke; Leviticus; lam; Lamentation; life; love; LORD (and Lucifer) then Martha; Mary; manna: Matthew; Mark; Moses; Malachi, Micah and MESSIAH.
There will be no alphabet challenge over the next two weeks during the Easter services of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and then Easter Sunday but on the 28th April we will be looking at ‘O’ and ‘P’.
If you can, do bring in some greenery to wave during the Palm Sunday service (but please take it home again) and then on Easter Sunday, why not bring in a decorated hard-boiled egg and a daffodil?
Finally, don’t forget the fund-raiser coffee morning on Saturday 13th April at 11:00. If you are able to bring in some additional baking, Sarah (Park) would be very grateful.