Minister's Letter

Minister's Message for April 2019 :

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

He is risen, indeed, Alleluia!

As we come into April, and as you read the greeting at the top, you might think, in terms of the church year, that it is a little premature. That is what we say later this month. And that is true. But I found myself wanting to start with this exclamation. Then it made me think about the tension of our lives, and of life. During this month, we do celebrate the excitement of Palm Sunday, the rollercoaster ride of emotions – of anger, of wonder, of sadness, of puzzlement, of the sense of failure and disappointment, of hope there, and then gone – that grow during Holy Week culminating with Jesus’ crucifixion on Good Friday, and then the joy and awesomeness of Easter and Jesus returning and being with the disciples, and nothing being the same ever again. And, of course, in our lives all of these things are held in tension all the time. The hope of the future and what is to come, the joy of the everyday, and the waiting for these things to happen. And we realise that journey of Jesus, of his life and ministry, of the Palm Sunday and Holy Week, and the joy of Easter Day are part of our everyday lives. But the really good news is that the ultimate story for ever is the one of Easter Day, of God coming alongside us in his Son, Jesus Christ, to tell the world that he is the God of love is the one that prevails through our journeys of everyday, and for ever. And so we all say, Amen.

So have a great April everyone. May you meet with Jesus as we travel together, with him, in the holiest of holy weeks. May, each of us, and our world, know the power and the joy and the hope of the risen Lord Jesus Christ today, this month and always. If you celebrate a birthday, this month, have a very Happy Birthday from all of us.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

He is risen, indeed, Alleluia!

Yours in Christ,

Sarah