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From the Rector
As we look forward to our first Easter here in the Benefice, may I wish you and your families a very happy Easter time. Happy seems the wrong word to use to introduce Holy Week but I believe this Easter is full of hope for our churches and surrounding communities. On 7th-10th April St. Mary’s Standon will host our exciting Children’s Holiday Club once again, (details enclosed) then on Sunday 12th April at 4.45pm our new weekly ‘Messy Church’ is starting at Roger de Clare School with a massive focus on fun and families. (details enclosed) Add to this our usual programme of beautiful Easter services and we hope there is something for everyone as we remember the poignant but equally uplifting message of Easter.
What do you really think about the Easter message? Do you wonder why Jesus had to suffer and die for us? Could God have found a different way to forgive us?
As an eleven year old who had just started senior school, an older boy from the same school started to pick on me. It went on for a while and made my life really miserable. I didn’t want to say anything but in the end I told one of my sisters. She is four years older than me and about the same age as the bully. I’m not sure what I expected her to do but telling me it would be alright wasn’t it. Well I didn’t expect what followed; in a long queue outside an outdoor swimming pool she walked up to this guy and told him to leave me alone and then punched him! Yes, it was a shock but he never came near me again. Please note I am not suggesting a good punch is the answer but ‘doing something’ is.
The Easter message is about God ‘doing something’ for us. 2 Corinthians 5 v 21 says; “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Telling people they have a problem nearly always goes badly but it is the key to understanding what Easter is all about. We have a problem that cannot be ignored or dealt with by simply saying it doesn’t matter. It does matter! At the heart of the bible story is the human desire to ignore God and do whatever we want. Yet, the message of Easter is God loves us enough to give up His perfect Son Jesus, to allow Him to suffer for us, to die in our place, because something had to be done to rescue us, and words were not enough.
I hope you know how much God loves you, so why not come to church this Easter as we remember this together.
Alan Comfort Rector
We hope you will join us at our services and other events in 2015.
See News on the right for pieces on what is going on in the benefice, including our weekly news sheet and seasonal service list.
May all who visit our ancient Church of St Catherine experience the peace of Jesus Christ, which has inspired the worship of Almighty God through the generations in Sacombe.
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