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Weekly Sheet 4 April 2021

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Readings for Easter Week

Monday: Acts 2. 14, 22-32; Psalm 16. 1, 5-11; Matthew 28. 8-15
Tuesday:                   Acts 2. 14, 36-41; Psalm 33. 1-5, 18-22; John 20. 11-18
Wednesday:             Acts 3. 1-10; Psalm 105. 1-9; Luke 24. 13-35
Thursday:                  Acts 3. 11-26; Psalm 8; Luke 24. 36b-48                            
Friday:                        Acts 4. 1-12; Psalm 116. 1-9; John 21. 1-14
Saturday:                   Acts 4. 13-21Psalm 118. 1-4, 22-29; Mark 16. 9-15

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We are an Easter people . . . .

There is something proper, something cleansing about stripping our churches in readiness for the starkness of Good Friday. The plain-ness and the emptiness remind us of Jesus’ alone-ness on the Cross, about his emptying himself, taking the form of a servant. We focus on the Cross, and the Cross alone: we remember the Love and obedience we find in God’s Son giving himself for us and for all. We come away from the liturgies and worship in silence: a time solely between us and our Saviour.

The Love is a Love which costs: this is no empty sacrifice.

But, of course, there is more to the Story, there is more to share, there is more to do. On Holy Saturday the Churches are restored, are filled with life and glory: the starkness, the horror of Good Friday passes into the joy of Easter. The darkness goes; the light has come. It begins gradually, with one light passing to another, the flames flickering and uncertain, just as the disciples took time to accept what Easter means. By the morning all is clear: the glory is revealed. There is no starkness, no alone-ness: wherever you look there are flowers and light.

Death is conquered: life is restored.

We are an Easter people. We celebrate and worship a God who does pass into the depths of our human existence, a God who knows pain, who knows about wrongful accusation, about rejection. We celebrate, we worship a God who overcomes all this, a God who offers hope to his people, who grants forgive ness for sins, a God who wants his people to be truly alive and live a life that is truly worth living.

In the six weeks of preparation for our Easter celebration one word has vanished from our speech, taken out of our worship. Now it is restored.

We are an Easter people: Alleluia is our song.
Alleluia, Christ is Risen.  He is Risen indeed. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Wishing you every joy and blessing:
Father Philip