From the Minister

Did you enjoy Easter? I’ve been asked this question in a few different ways, ‘How was Easter’, ‘did you do anything over Easter’ etc. And whist I appreciate the sentiment and interest, one thing bothers me. They all assume Easter is over, as though it was a one off event that we have done and now moved on from.

During lent and holy week we traveled with Jesus, first to Jerusalem, and then to the cross. We saw how this was a journey, and a journey with purpose, and the crucifixion and resurrection are rightly seen as focal points for that journey. But Easter and the journey isn’t over for us or the disciples. (indeed in the lectionary we are now in ‘Eastertide’: the period of 50 days, spanning from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday.)

Over the next few weeks we will see how they encounter Jesus in different ways, and how those encounters shaped them. And hopefully explore how it shapes us too.

For while the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of our Christian faith, without it we have no hope for this life nor the life to come, the real business of faith and discipleship is our continuing encounters with Jesus.

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith”. (Eph 3:16,17a)

Rev Rick