When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Luke 19:37,38
As I’ve been preparing the Easter services, I couldn’t help but reflect on how we have not been able to gather together to share in the Holy Week and Easter events for the last two years. We have so much to be grateful for that we are now in a place where we can meet together to reflect and celebrate. We have so many things to give thanks for: the wonders of medical science, the commitment and sacrifices made by nurses and doctors, the key workers who kept things going- teachers, post and delivery people, shop workers, utility workers and refuse collectors and those who gave up their time to volunteer in the vaccination centres. So many have given so much!
Of course at this time of the year we remember how much our Lord gave for each of us and the immense gratitude for all that He did for us. From the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, to the betrayal, the humiliation, the physical and mental torture. He did all this for us and as we journey through this Holy Week to Easter Sunday as we celebrate his glorious resurrection let us worship and give thanks.
You might like to follow a journey through the week through scripture. If you would like to you might chose to use this guide:
Luke 19:45-20:8 – Jesus at the Temple
Luke 20:1-40 – Jesus teaching at the Temple
Luke 20:41-47 & Luke 22:1-6 – read who Jesus said he was and the reactions to this
Luke 22:7-46 as Jesus shares the Last Supper with the disciples.
Read Luke 22:47-23:48 and John 19:1-37 and reflect on Jesus’ death on the cross.
Thank you to everyone who has come forward to help with the various services and activities over the coming week and also those who have delivered leaflets.
There are just a few things we still need to cover:
Maundy Thursday – Setting up of tables
Good Friday – Setting up of chairs outside and clearing away afterwards
Easter Sunday – Handing out of Easter Egg Hunt trails in the afternoon at 3pm for our joint activity with Prettygate Baptist Church
If you can help with any of this please e-mail email@example.com or speak to me.
On Good Friday, please do bring your garden chairs to church for the outdoor service – the weather looks like it will be really lovely. We will have some chairs available so please do not worry there won’t be a seat for you if you don’t have garden chairs you can bring.
It would be really good if a number of folk could join the walk of witness starting at Prettygate Baptist Church at 10am.
Our Easter Sunday Café Church will involve people from across the generations of our church family. We will be serving hot cross buns and tea and coffee and there will be an opportunity for the younger people to enjoy in an Easter Egg Hunt.
Just a reminder that the bookings for Maundy Thursday have now closed but we could possibly add one or two more names if you missed the deadline for booking. Please let me know this weekend if you would like to come.
Hope you have a really blessed weekend enjoying the sunshine.