Vicar’s Easter Message

From Stevie Cross….

Alleluia Christ is Risen – He is Risen Indeed.

For many of us, we may feel we are stuck on in Holy Saturday, that in-between time between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.   Holy Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath when all the people would have remained in their homes or close by. When the disciples were hiding in the Upper Room.

But today is Easter Sunday – although we may not leave our homes, modern technology has given us so many ways to reach out, and to gather together. We can join with our brothers and sisters whether, broadcasting from a cathedral or from the kitchen table. We can celebrate together

Easter Sunday is the heart of our Christian faith,  In the reading from John’s gospel  (John 20: 1-18 which you received on Thursday)  The women go to the tomb while it was still dark and tt is out of the darkness that we so often meet Jesus, it is out of the darkness that he reveals himself in new ways. We may feel that the world is in darkness but we must still seek him and we will meet with him.

The words that I would have spoken at communion remind us of the work of the cross and that whatever is going on in the world we must celebrate…

“It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,

always and everywhere to give you thanks,

almighty and eternal Father,

and in these days of Easter  to celebrate with joyful hearts

the memory of your wonderful works.

For by the mystery of his passion  Jesus Christ, your risen Son,

has conquered the powers of death and hell

and restored in men and women the image of your glory.

He has placed them once more in paradise

and opened to them the gate of life eternal.

And so, in the joy of this Passover,

earth and heaven resound with gladness,

while angels and archangels and the powers of all creation

sing for ever the hymn of your glory.”

I grieve that I will not be able to share with you in the flesh this Easter time, but I will be having an on-line service this evening at 6pm.  For computer security reasons this has to be by invitation, but if you are not on the invitation list please email me and I will add you.

The disciples were transformed, from hiding in an upper room to going forth to proclaim and share the message of Jesus. They built a community of caring for one another, looking after the sick and feeding the hungry – read Acts ch2 – a new community that was based in the homes of the growing number of baptised.

We have seen in our communities, Christians and others, a real sense of care and love for one another and I pray that this will remain long after the current crisis. That this will be a legacy in the world to come.

My friends we are living in strange and worrying times but we  know that the love and faithfulness of God are unchanging.  So let us celebrate in our homes, this glorious day and use whatever means we have to share with others.

I will be going round all the churches to shout   “Alleluia Christ is risen  –  He is risen indeed”  in all the churchyards and put notices on the notice boards.

On your daily exercise why don’t you find a spot to declare the good news to creation?

I look forward to seeing some of you on-line later but hope you all find ways of celebration today

May the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the eternal covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will,working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight;

and the blessing of God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you this day and evermore.

Rev. Stevie Cross

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