Easter is the bedrock of the Christian faith. The resurrection of Jesus, witnessed by St Mary Magdalene first, then the other disciples and finally by over 500 people at one time, was the way God chose to rescue his people. We are today’s witnesses to His love for us. This is why we shout today, “Alleluia, He is risen.”
If you would like to donate an Easter Lily in memory of a loved one please could you put this in an envelope and hand to a church wardens or the parish office by Thursday morning (29th March) at the latest. Please ensure that, if you wish to add your loved one’s name to the list, you print their name clearly on the front of the envelope.
The clocks have now changed and we dare to hope that Spring is on the way.
Our Holy week reflections will be led this week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings by Preb Chris Marshall, who was Rector at St Andrew’s church Wiveliscombe. Do come and listen to his words in preparation for Good Friday and Easter Day. The talks start at 7.00pm.
On Maundy Thursday evening there will be a communion service followed by the stripping of the altar and quiet time to reflect. If you do not already have an Easter leaflet, do pick one up from the back of the church and details of all the services can be found there.
The Revd Stephen Mares is the preacher on Good Friday morning and after the service we shall be joining with our friends from St James’ to walk in a procession of witness to the Market House in the centre of town. The reflections on the last hour on the cross on Good Friday afternoon will be led by Revd Martin Wratten.
Easter is such a joyful time, made all the better by joining in the pain and suffering in Holy Week. May this Holy Week and Easter be a blessed time for you all.
Yesterday saw the Peregrine Open Day and we look forward to following the pair as they try to raise a family. Binoculars and telescopes should be trained on the tower and cameras will record the activity of the peregrines which will then be broadcast to the TV set up in the North corner of the church. As the peregrines have been observed mating we really hope to see a family there later in the Spring.
The glorious sight of a church beautifully decorated with lilies will greet everyone on Easter Morning as we celebrate the wonderful news of Jesus, our risen Lord. If you have flowers in your garden and you are able to bring a few that morning they will be used to decorate the Easter cross which is always a moving sight. Thank you to all who donated lilies in memory of loved ones and and big thank you to the flower team for such dedicated work.
Don’t forget to come to our reflections in Holy Week. These are being led by Preb Chris Marshall who was Rector at St Andrew’s Wiveliscombe and we look forward to Chris’ ministry amongst us. The Revd Stephen Mares is our preacher on Good Friday morning and we will be joining our friends at St James’ after the service and then walking in a procession of witness to the Market House in the centre of town. If you have any flowers in your garden and are able to bring them on Easter Sunday morning to decorate the Easter cross, it would be very much appreciated.