The long dark, cold winter seems finally over at last and we see signs of new life all around us. The beautiful bulbs and several spring flowers have somehow managed to survive the weight of not one but two lots of snow.
I was thinking about how the snow reflects something of our relationship with God. When the snow fell the first time it was beautiful, pristine and white, but it didn’t take very long for us to make it dirty and slushy through our footsteps and cars. In a way it represents the broken relationship we have with God, which Jesus came to restore. And this is what he accomplished on the cross for us all. No-one is outside the reach of his love.
So, when the snow fell the second time and simply covered up the previous dirty slushy snow, I was reminded how Jesus wipes away all sin and makes us new again. The true meaning of Easter offers us all new beginnings, new hope and a real joy in life as we remember the extent of his love. As Christians we believe that Jesus broke through the barrier of sin and death on that first Easter morning, the darkness and despair were dispersed, light and hope returned and new life was offered through the transforming power of Christ’s resurrection. May you all know experience that same light, hope and new life this Easter as you enjoy your Easter Celebrations.
He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him.
With every Blessing to you and your families,Revd Glynn Lautenbach and everyone at St Mary’s
Services for Holy Week and Easter
Monday 26th March 8pm Compline with reflection
Tuesday 27th March 8pm Stations of the Cross
Wednesday 28th March 8pm Compline with reflection
Thursday 29th March – Maundy Thursday 8pm
Holy Communion with Foot Washing and the stripping of the altar
Friday 30th March -Good Friday 2pm
Last hour of the Cross – Reflective service
1 April 6.30am Dawn Service Lighting of the new fire with Holy Communion
Followed by a shared breakfast- please let us know if you are coming.
9.30am Easter Egg Hunt- come promptly so you can enjoy the fun
10am Combined Easter Holy Communion.