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Easter Day (Year B)
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We have passed through Lent and Holy Week to the summit of Easter to celebrate the Pascal mystery; which is Jesus' dying and rising again to new life. The Pascal mystery is not completed until death makes way for resurrected life, the glory of new life given by God. This is the centre and substance of the Christian faith; our faith and the faith of the Church. In this post-modern age of science and technology, the gospel writers of Luke and John depict for us a risen Jesus, tangible and with a food ingesting body which still bears the marks of the crucifixion. "Today's texts challenge us to remember that God Almighty can do anything it wouldn't be contradictory for God to do." (The Expository Times) There are still some doubters and naysayers who are unwilling to accept that "An All-wise God wouldn't start anything He couldn't finish; an All-powerful God would be able to finish what He starts!" (The Expository Times)
All the passages from the Gospels affirm that it was early on the first day of the week that Jesus was raised from the dead (Read Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-10). The Gospel writers are very emphatic in their witness of their experience of the risen Christ whom they could touch and handle. However the awakening to faith can happen through our senses as well as through the eyes of faith. As Jesus said to a disciple after his resurrection, "Blessed are they who have not seen yet believe." (John 20:29b) What does this mean for us who may be asked;
Our response must be based not only on our personal and individual testimony, but also on the collective experience of the community of faith. It was to the assembled disciples in the upper room that Jesus revealed himself (John 20:9-20). As Jesus showed them his pierced hands and feet, their response was overwhelming joy.
"Those who cannot see me in the flesh will nevertheless be enabled by grace to believe, even as you have been Thomas, for I, the Risen One, am gracious. By the power of my resurrection I am able to share myself as a gift with all in every age and circumstance who truly seek me." (Christ Time for the Church)
It is to the community of faith and not just to the individual that the Risen Christ is made manifest and faith is awakened and nourished and it is to this body also that He gives His everlasting presence. May we at this Eastertide encounter the risen presence of Christ our Lord.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Lord is RISEN!
ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! GIVE THANKS TO THE
Parish NewsWe express our condolences to the families of Jean Tilley and Adeline Vickers-Henry who died recently. Miss Tilley's funeral will be on 25th April at 2:30 p.m. and Mrs. Vickers-Henry at 10:30 that morning. We extend our sympathy to Mr. Vernon Miranda on the death of his aunt, Wavney Lyke
Remember to pray for the Synod of the Church which convenes on Tuesday with the opening service at the St. James Parish Church at 4:30 p.m. The business session will commence the following day and continue until Friday. This means that there will be no mid-week Eucharist on Wednesday and Friday of this week. Our Lay Representatives to Synod are Mr. Frank James and Mrs. Andrea Chin See.
Please support the Women's Auxiliary Fish Fry on Friday, April 21 in the Church Hall, and the Youth Choir Bake Sale next Sunday.
We are invited to join the St. Clement's family at 2 Crescent Road, Kencot for their Community Concert on Easter Monday at 6:00 p.m.
ALPHA 2006 begins on Wednesday, 26th April, 5:30 p.m. at
the Church Hall and continues on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. until
Please remember to pray for our sick and shut-in members.
Prayers Of Intercession
For Easter Day
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Hymn: Thine be the Glory, Risen, Conquering Son
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son;
Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;
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