Rev. John's April Jottings

28 Apr 21

A year from one Easter to another 

Since March 2020, a year ago, when the first lockdown started, the congregations in the Benefice of Ansley and Arley have been doing their best to communicate and support each other, as well as trying to help those around the villages in practical ways where possible.

Unlike this time last year, we are moving forward with hope in our hearts that Covid19 will be less of a threat.  However, will the hope in our hearts also be one where we have drawn nearer to God than we have ever before?  This Easter is a good time to renew our Christian convictions and commitments.  Why not come along to our special joint benefice Easter Sunday service 10.30am at St Laurence, Ansley.

It is the month of Easter. Lent has been another wilderness experience for us all one way or another, as the whole world continues to go 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.

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

Holy Week begins 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 – which 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!’ 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.  Easter reminds us that death is not the end of life, there is the resurrection and the promise of eternal life. It could be your greatest discovery this Easter.

Wishing you a very blessed Easter and month ahead.  Keep well and safe.  God bless you.

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It is with great pleasure that I would like to welcome you to St Laurence.  Frances, my wife, and I have received a very warm welcome ourselves, so you will not be disappointed when you visit St Laurence.  I am also the Curate of the other churches in Ansley and Arley – St John’s, St Michael’s and St Wilfrid’s.

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