We have 3 celebrations this weekend beginning tonight at 6:30p.m. with our "Last Supper"
Passover meal. Our Good Friday service is at 9:30a.m. tomorrow and we have our
Easter service at the usual time of 9:30a.m. on Sunday. Whatever your plans are
this weekend, stay safe, stay well and give thanks.
Easter is 3 short weeks away. I am including information about our services and activities in this week's order.
Thursday 5th April - 6:30pm: Passover ceremony in the hall
Friday 6th April - 9:30am: Good Friday Service
- Youth 'Group Building' camp at the church
Sunday 8th April - Dawn Service for the Youth
- 9:30am: Easter Sunday Communion & Family
Fei has given me permission to post her Easter sermon. For background readings look at Matthew 28: 1-10 and Luke 24: 13-18, 28-32
Prayer: Give us ears to hear and eyes to see the difference you can make in our lives. Easter God, still our hearts and minds this resurrection Sunday that we might reflect on your greatness and the gift of life and life in all its fullness that you offer us. Amen.
I should be good at this by now don’t you think. But you know it’s never a piece of cake, or a walk in the park. If it was then where’s the challenge? I remember my father saying to me, the day you stop being nervous when you go to preach is the day ... click here to read more then enter April archives
This Sunday is Palm Sunday - the day when we celebrate Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, marking the beginning of Holy Week.
Maundy Thursday - Next Thursday 21st April - we have our annual Last Supper rememberance meal at the church when we celebrate the Last Supper from a Christian perspective. This is always very interesting and enjoyable.
Good Friday - 22nd April - 9:30a.m. service when we remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Easter Sunday - 24th April - 9:30a.m. service when we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.
Did you know? At the Passover Seder, a hard-boiled egg dipped in salt water symbolizes both new life and the Passover sacrifice offered at the Temple in Jerusalem. The ancient Persians painted eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year celebration falling on the Spring Equinox. This tradition has continued every year on Nowrooz since ancient times.
In Christian times, the egg was a symbol of new life just as a chick might hatch from the egg. The Easter egg tradition may have celebrated the end of the privations of Lent. In the Medieval Europe, eggs were forbidden during Lent as well as other traditional fast days. During the strict Lenten fast of forty days no eggs were eaten. It was traditional to use up all of the household's eggs before Lent began, which established the tradition of Pancake Day. This was because, in Christian times, the egg was a symbol of new life just as a chick might hatch from the egg. Eggs were viewed as symbols of new life and fertility through the ages. It is believed that for this reason many ancient cultures, including the Ancient Egyptians, Persians, and Romans, used eggs during their spring festivals. In Eastern Christianity, both meat and dairy are still prohibited during the fast, and eggs are seen as "dairy" (a foodstuff that could be taken from an animal without shedding its blood). That is the reason why eggs laid during that time were often boiled or otherwise preserved.
It was during Easter that the consumption of eggs resumed after the strict Lenten fast. Eggs were thus a mainstay of Easter meals, and a prized Easter gift for children and servants. And this is probably the reason why eggs came to be associated with Easter.
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