WMC: February 2017
From the Manse......
I remember during a conversation with a former colleague of mine a year or so ago now, he remarked how Easter Day was the most important day of the year.
He was of course spot on!
Don't let us forget that right from the very beginning the Christian community celebrated Easter; those events of the first passion were remembered and recalled each year — not so with Christmas. In fact, for the first couple of centuries, the early Christian Church did not celebrate Christmas at all.
At the very heart and centre of our faith, of all that we hold dear and believe, is the miracle of Easter. At the crux of all that we are about is a wooden cross outside the city wall that through suffering, torture and death, transformed all that we know and understand.
For out of the misery of Golgotha came the good news of the empty tomb and the resurrection of Jesus. The miracle of the incarnation (of Emmanuel, God with us) reached its climax and fruition as he came amongst and alongside us once more in our daily lives.
Unrecognised at first, until he said or did something, the reality of resurrection struck home and those first disciples shared the good news that he was alive!
For from those two wooden beams roughly joined together, God's resurrection power brought life out of death, hope out of despair, love out of hatred, light out of darkness, strength out of weakness, victory out of defeat and forgiveness out of condemnation.
As we travel together through the Sundays of Lent. As we reflect on those passages which speak of suffering, betrayal and the solemnity of this Lenten season we do so in the sure and certain knowledge that no matter what we have to face, no matter how dark the days, no matter what our own Good Friday experiences throw at us, Easter Day is just around the corner.
Easter Day, the most important day of the year!
With love and God Bless,
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
Wednesday FellowshipWednesday Fellowship begins again on 11th April.April programme:11th We begin the term with a service of Holy Communion led by Rev Keith Underhill.18th Local Preacher Libby Bolton is our speaker today. 25th Heather Wells will tell us about her trips to...
Notes on Wantage "Awayday@Home"We have now worked through all the suggestions and contributions from our excellent away day @ home at the end of January.Copies are now available in church and on this website (under the drop down menu "news" then newsletters.Please do pass any thoughts, comments or suggestions to either Keith or the Church Stewards.Thank...
Knit & Chat The Knit & Chat group continues to meet in the Parlour at Wantage. We are currently knitting a variety of items that will be sent to help disadvantaged communities around the world. After Easter we will again turn our thoughts to knitting angels for distribution in Wantage this Christmas. If you don't knit but would enjoy chatting with a friendly group over tea and biscuits...