Rev John's April Jottings

27 Apr 20

Are you a person who has ‘No Hope’ or do you ’Know Hope’?

It is the month of Easter.  Lent has been a new wilderness experience for us all one way or another, as the whole world goes through this coronavirus pandemic.  Just as Lent gives way to Easter, so the darkness of these days will bring new beginnings. But how much of Easter is relevant to you in these days?  It’s the greatest message of hope the world can know.

Can you recount the Easter story?  Sadly, our nation is losing its grip on its Christian heritage.

Holy Week marks the time leading up to Jesus’ death.

Palm Sunday was when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey proclaimed as a king by the crowds shouting, ‘Hosanna!’

Thursday night and the Last Supper was when Jesus shared his last meal with his disciples – and this became the institution of communion.  Then there was Jesus praying sweat like blood in the garden of Gethsemane and his arrest.

Good Friday was when Jesus was mocked, tried, crucified and then he died and was buried.

Easter Sunday came and his body could not be found – the tomb was empty, ‘Hallelujah!’ and the supernatural appearance of two angels declared, ‘He is not here, He is risen.’

It was an event that has changed the course of history and the lives of millions of people ever since. 

Because many folk will no longer have access to this magazine, the congregations in the Benefice of Ansley and Arley have been creative in finding new ways to communicate with each other as well as trying to help those around the villages in practical ways where possible.

In the Anglican liturgy we sometimes have these words: ‘This is His (Jesus) story, this is His song’ and we go on to say, ‘This is my story, this is my song.’   I am suggesting that if you can, get access to the churches’ websites: ansleychurch.org & arleycofechurches.org.uk

As well as having regular updates of church news and helpful items, you will begin to see stories from our congregations about ‘their story and their song’; either of how they came to discover the Lord in a personal way or what their Christian faith means to them today.  Don’t miss any of it!  You’ll also find out more about myself if you wish to know.

In the meantime, have a very blessed Easter, keep well and safe. God bless you.

 

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