“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb……The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell’…” Matthew 28: 1, 5-7a
How different Easter will be this year! It is sad not to be able to meet together for worship, but although circumstances have changed, God is unchanging. The same Lord Jesus who overcame sin and death, met friends in his risen body on the first Easter Day, brought his peace and breathed his Spirit on the disciples at their evening gathering, is present with us now. His peace is offered to us, his Holy Spirit is given to all who will ask and receive, and his word: “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you,” is also our commission.....
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I spent Easter in Paris on a short course just before A levels. We stayed in a boys’ boarding school (emptied of its usual residents), and on Easter Sunday morning, there was a very moving service, which included the singing of the hymn Thine Be the Glory by the Swiss writer Edmond Budry, in the original French. It was also my eighteenth birthday!
A Almighty, All-powerful
S Saviour, Son of God, Spirit imparting,
T Triumphant over death and darkness,
E Expressing the Father’s love and compassion.
R Risen Lord, we worship and adore you for ever and ever. Amen.
A very happy Easter to everyone!
God bless you and keep you.
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