I hope you’re all enjoying a happy Easter, and that the joy of this season stays with you long after the chocolate has been eaten and the flowers have withered and died.
Thank you to everyone who made Holy Week and the Easter weekend such a memorable and moving experience in our churches, schools, residential homes, community centres and outside the Co-op on Bracebridge Drive! Through hospitality, music, imaginative story telling, crafts, creative flower arranging, food and friendship, the most amazing story ever was told in many different and enduring ways. This was the story of Jesus’s last days on earth, of his death and of his resurrection.
So, we spent a lot of time thinking about Jesus and it’s been said to me, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have lived when Jesus was on earth, to have actually seen him, heard his voice, seen him perform miracles and spoken to him?”
Well yes it would, but of course we’d have to have lived at a very specific time in a very specific part of the world. Not even everyone living in Galilee when Jesus was there would have seen him. We probably know more about Jesus now than most of the people of Jerusalem did that day when he rode into town on a donkey.
When he was on earth, Jesus was limited by time and space. Just like us, he could only be in one place at a time and he couldn’t talk to everyone.
That’s why it’s so great that he rose again, returned to heaven to be with God the Father and sent his Spirit to live in his followers. That’s how he’s with us and we can know him now.
This month we remember especially those two events.
Ascension Day on May 17th is when we remember Jesus returning to God the Father and Bishop Paul will be taking a special service at All Saints at 7.30 pm. I hope many of us will be there.
Pentecost on May 27th is when we remember and celebrate the gift of God’s Holy Spirit and we’ll have special services at all three churches.
What’s wonderful is that all of us can know Jesus, now, wherever we are in the world and whenever we live.
That’s why we celebrate God with us in Bilborough, today, everywhere and always.
God bless you all