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Dramatic Unfolding

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ


It hardly seems possible that the reflective time of Lent has reached its climactic destination in the drama of Holy Week. The early occurrence of Lent this year has created a rapidity that has felt like a rush from Christmas and its culmination in Epiphany to the start of Lent. The contrast is pronounced, yet the periods of Advent and Lent are both times of reflection, prayer, study. But the contrast in nature is profound .

 

Advent is an oasis  of calm within the whirlwind of the lead up to Christmas. It is  a counter to the pressures that the world exerts at the time. Lent, however, defines the approach to Easter. It’s  a time of sombreness as opposed to the energised anticipation of Advent. Its shadow is present in the world with the practices of giving things up for Lent, but the approach to Easter in the world  is only marked by the appearance of Easter eggs and hot cross buns on the supermarket shelves.

 

But for us that Lenten process has prepared the way for the dramatic unfolding of Holy week, starting with Palm Sunday and its symbolic recreation of the palm procession welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem. We stand outside our churches and walk  in procession with songs, remembering that joyful event that was loaded with such meaning and hope. But as we do so we are also mindful of the swift transformation of this, the euphoria that will be replaced with the events that lead up to the crucifixion, the dark time of pain, rejection, misery, and a seemingly crushing defeat.

 

But this is far from being the whole story. Whilst this needs to be marked, reflected upon, and experienced in the depth of the pain and suffering that Jesus underwent, it is utterly changed by the events of Easter  Day, the ecstatic joy of the resurrection and the fulfilment beyond all expectations of the salvific mission of the love of God embodied through the life and person of Jesus.

 

I encourage you to experience the richness of Holy week. There are a variety of services and opportunities to come together as a worshipping community that offer times to worship, reflect and rejoice.

 

The services for this Sunday and the week ahead.

 

Sunday 24 March Palm Sunday

8:00am

Said Holy Communion

All Saints

10:00am

Palm Sunday and Holy Communion

St Marys

10:30am

Palm Procession and Passion Drama

All Saints

The Week Ahead

Mon 25th

10:30

Tiny Tots

All Saints


19:30

Compline

All Saints

Tues 26th

19:30

Compline

St Marys

Weds 27th

09:00

Celtic Morning Prayer

All Saints


19:30

Compline

All Saints

Maundy Thursday (Thurs 28th)

18:30

Agape Meal & Eucharist

All Saints


19:30

Holy Communion, washing of feet  & Vigil      

St Marys

Good Friday (Fri 29th)

10:00

Children’s Activities & Story

All Saints


13:30

Good Friday Service

St Marys


14:00

Last Hour Service

All Saints

Easter Eve (Sat 30th)

12:00

Saturday Lunches

St Marys


19:30

Holy Communion & Vigil with Celebrations 

St Marys

Easter Day (Sun 31st)

8:00

BCP Holy Communion

All Saints


10:00

All Age Sung Easter Communion

St Marys


10:30

All Age Sung Easter Communion

All Saints


18:30

Easter Evensong

St Marys

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore. Amen

 

Blessings

 

Revd Kester de Oliveira

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