‘On the third day He will raise us up.’ (Hosea 6:2)
We will soon
be journeying through ‘Holy Week’ the week that ends Lent finally at the tomb.
Hosea’s words invite us in this very present moment to a response to return to
God, to once again come back to our first love to find healing and a binding up
of our wounds. We are invited to be raised up ourselves and find through Jesus’
resurrection life and healing.
As the women
disciples made their way to Jesus’ tomb on Easter morning they had one big
problem. Who would roll away the stone?
‘There was a
man who had a row with his father, as a result of which he hadn’t spoken to his
father for several years, even though they lived only a few miles apart. He was
an only child; the mother had deserted the family. So now the father was living
alone. His world was getting smaller and darker with each day that passed. He
wasn’t yet dead, but in a sense, he was already in the tomb.’ (Flor McCarthy,
It is amazing
the power Jesus had to raise people from the dead but we can do the same. The
son in the story had the power to roll away the stone from his father’s tomb.
With a word of reconciliation or gesture of love he could set his father free
form his tomb of loneliness and rejection. And, in reaching out to his father
he would have helped himself too. It is one of the lovely compensations of life
that we cannot raise another without raising ourselves also.
isn’t the things you do,
the things you leave undone,
give you a little heartache
the setting of the sun.
gentle word forgotten,
letter you didn’t write;
flowers you might have sent,
your haunting ghosts tonight.
stone you might have lifted
of your brother’s way;
little heart-felt counsel
were hurried too much to say.
tender touch of the hand,
gentle and kindly tone;
we have no time or thought for,
troubles enough of our own. (Anon)
‘On the third
day He will raise us up.’ (Hosea 6:2)
Services for APRIL
Eucharist BCP 9.30am Passion
Sunday Sung Eucharist
8am Eucharist BC 9.15am
Palm Sunday Sung Eucharist with Procession
Maundy Thursday Sung Eucharist with washing of the feet and Vigil
Good Friday Procession of Witness Starting at the Methodist Church
Eucharist BCP 9.30am Easter Day Sung Eucharist
Eucharist BCP 9.30am Sung Eucharist and Baptism with
APCM at noon
METHODIST CHURCH: All services will be at 9.30am unless
Sunday Terry Preston
Valley Service Revd. Kevin Taylor
Easter Day United Service
at Rhodes Minnis - Holy Communion
23rd Colin Pearson
30th Ian Couchman
Our church organ is
in urgent need of an overhaul and repairs and the proceeds of this concert will
go towards the cost of preserving this instrument for future generations.
about the concert and details of ticket sales will appear in April’s
Newsletter. It would be wonderful if
D’Arcy could play to a packed church.