Sunday - Dawn Revelation
Sunday - Seeing is Believing
Life of the Spirit - Speech
denotes communion will be held as part
of the worship service
for 12:00 noon
18th - Easter Holidays
- Rev W.J.Rutter
- Marie Bowkett
and 19th - TBA
Aid Week - 13th to 19th May
Next month much of our activity will centre
around Christian Aid Week. This year's theme
is: Together we are stronger than the storm,
and follows the experiences of one family as
they recover from hurricane Matthew, which struck
Haiti in 2016.
As well as highlighting the need for continued
support long after disasters have fallen out
of the news cycle, the Week continues Christian
Aid's long standing campaign on Climate Change,
and the way it has a disproportionate effect
on the poorest communities.
Look out for further information over the next
said to be the sweetest month. Everything
suddenly needs doing at once after a long
winter period. Spring is supposedly here
at last but after the recent snows we
have yet to be convinced!!!
Bees start to make an appearance now particularly
if you have flowering currants or forsythia
in the garden. Daffodils should be at
their best and tulips soon coming along
Lawns will need a first mowing, not to
low, and will start to look green and
healthy once again.
The vegetable garden can be productive
with over-wintered salads and spinach
being plentiful. Plant early broad beans
now to prevent disease later on and, of
course, an earlier crop.
Seeds can now be planted in the greenhouse
ready for planting out next month. Lots
of work to be done for the coming season,
but pace yourself and don't overdo things!
Editor's note - Of course, T.S.Eliot said
quite the opposite, opening his poem The
Wasteland with the line: April is
the cruellest month… But then Eliot was
it seems appropriate that Easter Sunday
should fall on April Fool's Day. Certainly
the disciples thought that the tale of the
women as they returned from the tomb was
nothing more than a joke that was in very
poor taste - as Luke expressed it:
These words seemed to them an idle tale,
and they did not believe…
They knew Jesus was dead. The Romans did
not make mistakes, and these same women
had made it perfectly clear that their leader
was dead. Yet now they were talking of empty
tombs and mystical encounters. But the disciples
were not going to be made to look like fools
- not again. They had hoped so much, but
now their hopes were dashed to pieces.
Yet here was the ultimate jest, for the
women had spoken nothing more than the truth
- Christ was alive, raised from the dead
against all human hope and expectation.
The most powerful nation in the world had
done its worst. The ultimate power in the
universe had spoken. And neither had proved
powerful enough to overcome the love of
Of course, many today look back and still
think the women were telling an idle tale.
Two thousand years on, and little seems
to have changed. Still the powerful seem
to be able to bend the world to suit themselves.
While all around us death seems to reign
supreme - as we hear of wars and rumours
of wars, and we continue to ask why bad
things happen to good people.
But the Church continues to hold on to the
foolishness of hope. For Christ is risen,
and the world has been turned upside down.
Here and there we see that hope revealed
for all to see - in social changes such
as the abolition of slavery, and in individual
tales of obstacles overcome. But for the
most part our hope remains just that - hope.
And so another Easter Sunday comes and goes,
and once more we make the declaration that
Christ is risen, for God is faithful and
will fulfil the promises of his love. In
doing so, we proclaim the foolish message
that power and might do not have the final
say, and that love and justice will triumph
in the end.
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, hallelujah!