“… they took hold of his feet and worshipped him.” (v.9) RSV
Come to the feet of Jesus. A strange thought maybe, but when we worship we bow down low, indeed prostrate ourselves on the ground. To us who, like John the Baptist, are not worthy to untie the sandals on his feet, we count ourselves blessed to be in his presence and to cling to his feet.
Indeed we find the feet of Jesus to be beautiful. As Isaiah wrote, “How beautiful … are the feet of him who brings good tidings,” (Isaiah 52:7). The risen Christ is worthy to be worshipped. He has taught us the good news, he has shown us through his works the good news, and indeed he is within himself the good news. His resurrection shows that the good news works! He has overcome sin and death, disease and destruction. Alleluia, what a Saviour!
The Westminster Shorter Catechism of Faith (1642 AD) asks many questions and gives trenchant answers. The first question is: “What is the chief end of man?” The answer is: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.” There is no greater joy and purpose in this life and the next than to serve/worship God in word and deed. Our whole life is made worthwhile if this is our chief end (goal and aim).
Even if we are bed-bound or have lost our legs in combat, even if we are very young or very old, we can all fulfil this great purpose in life – worship the risen Christ who is our Saviour, our Love and our Life. Let us prostrate ourselves in worship and cling to his feet.
Thank you Lord for all you have taught and all you have done. You are my Saviour. I worship you and want to follow you all the days of my life. Amen.
Have you ever wondered where the expression ‘Heave Ho’ comes from? It stems from the Easter Heave which is the lifting of a small person seated on a chair into the air by several strong people. It represents Christ being raised from the dead.
A journey from Christmas (birth of Jesus) through to Easter (re-birth of Jesus) began with our Christmas tree in all its glory only to be shorn of its branches and made into a rood cross and then finally clothed in flowers.
See the journey in video with commentary by Dennis Cavaghan.
Our Christmas tree signifying the birth of Jesus.
Through Lent we added the symbols of Jesus’ suffering.
Stripped and naked representing the death of Jesus.
On Easter Day our ladies added the flowers of new life.
Adorned with flowers representing the resurrection of Jesus and new life for all.
Paschal Candle lit on Easter morning representing Christ alive in our midst. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Halleujah!!
Monday 8th April is the last day that you can enrol on the renewed Electoral Roll for St Mary’s Church.
This membership is open to all who live in the parish or who attend worship regularly. It enables you to vote at the annual meeting. The form is available at the back of church.
This year a completely new Electoral Roll will need to be prepared which means that, even if your name has previously been on the Electoral Roll, you will need to fill out an application form if you wish your name to appear on the new Roll.
There are application forms available at the back of Church or alternatively you can download and print off the pdf below.
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