St. David’s Church, Broom Leys
“Out of the believer’s heart shall flow streams of living water”
‘Growing in Christ, living in faith’
Postcode: LE67 4RL
Message for April and Easter 2018
‘Peace be with you’ – He is Alive!
Easter Day is here and we celebrate the resurrection of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, to a new life, in a new resurrected body, for nothing is impossible with God.
Our journey through Lent and Holy Week this year, has I felt been one of sadness and grief as we reflect on our friends in Christ who have died recently.
Mary Hatfield, a lovely, genteel, faithful lady. Marie Jenkins, a lady of quiet committed faith, full of contentment. Val Clay, a prayerful blind lady with spiritual insight, who avidly shared the good news of Jesus Christ. Margaret Hucknall, a regular worshipper at our Thursday Morning Communion and Alan Sankey our Administrator, Brigade member, guitarist and singer in our music group, full of faith and good humour. All will be sadly and sorely missed and we hold their families in our prayers.
God’s message to us though is one of resurrection, of new life, of hope and of peace and love beyond our understanding. Jesus isn’t dead on the cross, he isn’t cold in the tomb, he is alive, he is risen and he is ascended into heaven and he goes to prepare a place for those who believe in him and follow him in his Father’s House. He can do this because he has paid the penalty on the cross for our wrongs, he has purified us with his body and blood and he has defeated death. It is God who has done this for us.
This is not death, but new life, this is not sadness but joy. Our God is a God of the living not of the dead (Matthew 22:32). But for us it doesn’t feel like joy as we miss our friends. Jesus came to the funeral of his friend Lazarus, knowing that he would miraculously bring Lazarus back to life again, yet he wept with Lazarus sisters’, Mary and Martha and his friends. He shared their grief. Jesus resurrected to a new life came upon his frightened and anxious disciples who were facing hopelessness and he gave them hope and prayed ‘Peace be with you’.
Our friends in Christ have moved onto a new life with Christ and for us Easter reminds us of the love that Christ has for each one of us and that he knows how we are feeling, he journeys with us and he helps restore and renew us and brings his peace upon us. ‘I am the resurrection and the life’ he tells Lazarus sister, Martha (John 11:25).
Jesus’ resurrection to a new life is also a resurrection moment for each one of us, to bring ourselves to Christ, to start afresh with him, to receive his forgiveness, to know something new and to journey in his company.
Our prayer might be:
“Risen Lord Jesus, we come to you with all of our joys and sorrows.
Risen Lord Jesus I share with you all of my griefs and burdens
Risen Lord Jesus I share with you all my sins and anxieties
Risen Lord Jesus be my resurrection and my life
Risen Lord Jesus be the resurrection and life that I share with my family and friends.
Risen Lord Jesus bring me to new life and new hope and fill me with your peace, hope and love. Amen”
Reverend Andrew Rhoades, March 2018.
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