The Sunday Next before Easter (Palm Sunday)
I hope you are able to join us this Palm Sunday as we begin Holy Week. There is too much meaning to summarize adequately in an update email. However, Hebrews 12:1-2 is a profound passage which shows us how we are to enter into the week's activities, contemplate the passion, and be reminded again of all that Jesus accomplished for us. "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." There is always time to get up from the ground if we have stumbled, and to throw off whatever burdens and entanglements which hinder us. Also, we must look... As we read the Passion narratives, let us not read them as historical accounts, but rather as those who are there witnessing all that is happening alongside Mary the Mother of Jesus. Let us read the accounts through the eyes of faith, and be filled with fresh hope and joy regarding our salvation and the hope of glory which awaits us precisely because of all that Jesus accomplished for us. Jesus, as our elder brother and saviour will help us get up, if we but look to him and ask him for the assistance only he offers us.
Our services are as follows:
This Sunday is Palm Sunday (8 am and 10 am Holy Communion)
Maundy Thursday (10 am Holy Communion)
Good Friday (10 am Ante-Communion)
Holy Saturday (7 pm Ante-Communion)
Easter Sunday (8 am and 10 am Holy Communion)
We will be recording these services and uploading them to our Youtube channel if you are unable to attend in person. The links for each service will take you to the readings. I would encourage you, if possible, to read through the Passion narratives for Monday to Wednesday also, even though we are not holding public services.