Minister's letter for Easter 2020

 

Easter Sunday 2020 “He has Risen! “

...He must rise again from the dead...” John 20: v9

Greetings friends, sorry we can’t be together in what we might want to call: “in our normal way.” Whatever that is for each of us. Our reality, the church is locked and all of us in isolation, not what any of us saw coming just a few short weeks ago.

 

Today’s gospel story of Mary in the garden sees the risen Christ breaking into the familiar, into our everyday life. He’s here right now beside each and every one of us. I really believe that and I hope you do to. I hope you are enjoying the on-line services that the circuit is producing, Zooming friends, speaking to neighbours through hedges and fences and to family on the telephone and social media. It is a time for faith and rich fellowship just as it was before this Lock-down.

 

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and in the future. Lock-down is His territory too. Continue to find the time to trust Him and pray. The bible is a great encourager, find those go to scriptures that have carried you through your journey of faith thus far. Watch and pray. Please remember, that, with Jesus we are never alone, never in isolation. Psalm 139 says:

 

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast. If I say: “surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like day, for darkness is as light to You. (Psalm 139: v 7-12)


Somebody said to me the other day, they had spoken to family everyday during this crisis, something they did not do before. Isolation is bringing good things to. We still gather in His name, but in a hugely different way. Please stay safe.

 

Love to you all in the name of Christ our Saviour.

May the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. Amen

Rev Colin