The Church is still here, and we haven’t gone away! Palm Sunday and Easter are approaching, and I intend to supply you with a short service and message each week- my prayer is that you will find them useful in your own worship times. We remember, of course, that we are still spiritually together as a church, even though we are physically apart! There are a huge and growing amount of resources online, and we are going to attempt to let people know them as they come in. (We are also trying to contact those without computers, too).
Palm Sunday is when Jesus enters Jerusalem to loud acclaim, but he knew that Good Friday lay ahead. We all know that it is sometimes easier for us to say ‘yes’ when things are going well, and Jesus asks us ‘who wants to share in the Kingdom of God’? It’s not so easy, though, when he asks us ‘who will follow the way of the Cross’? Palm Sunday can challenge our loyalty in subtle ways- are we ready to follow when faith is demanding and the going gets tough? I find at these times that God gently defines my faith- he reminds us that, especially at times like these which we are all experiencing, he is faithful, and will not let us down. He brings healing, peace, strength and hope, even when we think they have disappeared. And above all, through the grace of the Holy Spirit, he keeps us together!
Here is an example of a prayer that I found on the Cof E website: ‘Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low- that we may rejoice in your comfort, knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Revd Gary Noyes
A message from Revd Gary Noyes