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Anglican Church News

From the Vicar

Dear Friends,

The Journey from Palm Sunday, through Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and into Easter Sunday encompasses what the church describes as the Passion Story from our Bibles. And is a story that is painful, frightening, disturbing, and challenging. There is a lot to think about.

The Bible can, and does, always speak for itself. To the heart, to the mind, to the human spirit. Like many ‘good reads’ it lifts off the page and affects who we are. And this story especially can affect us at the very core of who we are.

It seems to me that one aspect of the account of Jesus’ Passion is that his arrest, trial, torture, persecution, execution and death is accompanied by crowds of onlookers. People who just stand by and watch what is happening. Not thinking much; unwilling perhaps, too frightened even, to get involved.

In fact, even we – you and I – as we read and ‘witness’ these scenes do so, I suggest, as observers. We may feel moved to compassion by the agony. And I don’t doubt we can even connect a little with Jesus in his suffering, if not out of experience but certainly through the films and pictures we may have seen. Nevertheless, there is something, perhaps, that means we still remain in part at a distance. Because of time, of course.

Because of the cultures between then and now. Because we can’t actually imagine, empathise sufficiently strongly, with this awful, tragic and unthinkably cruel narrative as it unfolds.

Yet, perhaps, among other things, one thing Jesus’ Passion is asking us to do is to become more involved. Not to remain bystanders and onlookers as the crowds did all those years ago.

We are being asked to become more involved in the world about us. To seek justice and hope for our community and the wider world, both in simple situations and in the more complex moments too. A world full of moments when innocent people are being shunned, shied away from, arrested, unfairly tried, tortured, persecuted, executed…

Easter is a time of hope and new life, a reminder of God’s amazing love for all of us. That love is needed so much in the places of seemingly hopelessness. We all can make a difference. Even if it is to just stop and pray.

May you have a blessed and peaceful Easter and may God’s blessing be evident in your lives and your homes.

Every blessing, Anthony

Church Services in April
Woodborough, Epperstone, Oxton & Gonalston

1st April (Easter Sunday)

9.30a.m Holy Communion (W’b)

9.30a.m Holy Communion (Ep)

11.00a.m Holy Communion (Ox)

11.00a.m BCP Holy Communion (Gon)

8th April

10.00a.m Holy Communion (W’b)

15th April

9.30a.m Holy Communion & APCM (W’b)

9.30a.m Holy Communion (Ep)

11.00a.m BCP Morning Prayer (Gon)

6.00p.m Holy Communion & APCM (Ox)

22nd April

9.30a.m. Morning Prayer (W’b)

9.30a.m Family Service (Ep)

11.00a.m Family Service (Ox)

25th April

12.30p.m. Mid-week Holy Communion, plus bring & share lunch (W’b)

29th April

10.00a.m. Holy Communion (Lowdham)

6.00p.m Deanery Confirmation Service (Ep)

Church Happenings in April

Wednesday 4th April

10.0a.m. Coffee Drop In @ St. Swithun’s

7.30p.m Julian meeting, St. Swithun’s

Friday 13th April

2.00p.m Scramblers, Oxton village hall

Tuesday, 10th April

2.00p.m Church Fellowship, The Institute, W’b

Wednesday 18th April

7.30p.m Julian meeting, St. Swithun’s

Wednesday 25th April
9.30a.m. Play Church. St. Swithun’s