Thought of the Week - 3rd April 2024



Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed. Hallelujah!


Hello Everyone. 


We hope you were able to enjoy the Easter weekend, and that you were also able to attend an Easter service or two, either at church or on TV or radio. We are now in the Church season of Easter, which runs from Easter Sunday to Pentecost, and is a festival season in which the joy and celebration of Christ’s resurrection is sustained through these seven weeks.

 

A final reminder about the APCM, our annual church meeting, to held on Sunday 14 April in St Mary’s Church at 10.30. This is an important part of our church governance where John, the Vicar will present reports on the parish churches over the last calendar year, 2023. It will cover areas of church mission, ministry, finances and maintenance of land and buildings etc. The APCM is an important, legal obligation, so please come and join in.

 

Finally, Grapevine will be taking a break next week, returning on Wednesday 17 April.


 

Wishing you all a very happy and blessed Easter season.

With our love and prayers from the Parish Ministry Team.


Good News for this Week


EASTER GOOD NEWS. Luke 24:13-35

‘THE ROAD TO EMMAUS’

 

On that first Easter day, two disciples were going to Emmaus, a village about seven miles from Jerusalem. As they discussed all that had happened, Jesus himself came and walked with them but they did not recognize him.

He asked them, “What are you discussing?” One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard of Jesus of Nazareth? He was a powerful prophet of God. We hoped he was the one to redeem Israel but our leaders had him crucified. Some of our women went to his tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.

Jesus said to them, “How slow you are to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Didn’t the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” Then, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

As they came to their village, the disciples urged Jesus to stay with them, so he did.

At the meal table, Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

They got up at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found the Eleven and others gathered together saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the road, and how they recognized Jesus when he broke the bread.

Two disciples, (Cleopas and perhaps his wife?) walk away from Jerusalem on that first Easter Sunday evening. They are going home to Emmaus, a journey of about 7 miles, and as they walk, they are trying to process what they have experienced over the past few days - the awful horrors of Jesus’s arrest, trial, crucifixion and death, and then the unbelievable possibility that he might actually be alive. They are going home confused and bewildered by all that has happened when the risen Jesus joins them. Like Mary Magdalene at Jesus’s tomb, they don’t immediately recognise him. Even when he speaks to them, when he explains the Scripture prophecies about him, when their hearts are screaming at them that there is something significant happening - they still don’t recognise him!

 

Not until they invite him into their home, until they make him welcome at their table and share a meal with him, is Jesus able to make himself known to them. They recognise him, not in his closeness, not through the explanation of the Scriptures, but through the simple act of breaking bread. We don’t know how or why that was but isn’t it wonderful that Jesus will walk with us, even when we are giving up and walking away; that he perseveres in revealing himself to us in any way he can, in whichever way is best suited to our individual personalities or needs. Jesus always walks with us, always seeking to reveal himself to us, but it is only when we invite him into our lives and make him fully welcome that we are able to recognise him for who he is. Wonderfully, we then see that he has always been with us, and we didn’t even know it.

 

How can you make Jesus more welcome in your life today? Tomorrow? And every day? Speak to Jesus about that now?

Bible Readings: Sunday 7th April 2024


IN YOUR PRAYERS THIS WEEK

  • God's peace and justice in Ukraine, Israel and Gaza, Haiti and all worn torn places of the world
  • the bereaved, thinking of the loved ones of Georgia Floate, Jacqueline Mai and Lesley Suter
  • those who are sick, in mind, body or spirit
  • the lonely, the anxious, the homeless and hungry
  • the staff at the surgery
  • the residents and staff of the Mount Care Home
  • the children and staff of our Parish schools, that they have a restful Easter holiday

Our Next Services



 7th April  14th April21st April 
  First Sunday of Easter Second Sunday of Easter Third Sunday of Easter
    
St Mary's  8am Holy Communion

9.45am Morning Worship with Baptism
 8am Holy Communion

9.45am Morning Worship
followed by APCM
 8am Holy Communion

9.45am Morning Worship
    
St Peter's 10.30am Holy Communion  10.30am Holy Communion
    
St Paul's   



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