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Minister: Revd. A. Webb Telephone 01772 323818

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Published 23/03/2018

From our Minister

It is good on Easter Sunday to decorate the cross in our church with flowers. It is a wonderful reminder of the joy and hope of the resurrection. Yet it is made all the more glorious because during lent our cross has been a constant reminder of the suffering of Jesus and the difficult journey he took.

I remember receiving an email from Nicola, a friend who was at the time working as a Methodist minister in Russia, she had introduced a Lenten cross to her congregation using the same pattern we do of adding items each week to the cross. Here is an extract from her email.

‘There are moments in life when one doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry. One of those moments came at a recent church council meeting when we were discussing how we would decorate the church for Easter.

This year, we are placing different symbols of the passion around a large wooden cross every Sunday in lent..

On Easter Sunday the cross will be completely covered in flowers. When I was explaining about these flowers, Marina said ‘Oh yes we definitely need to do something with that cross. It’s so bare and ugly. Can’t we have flowers on it now.’

We need to find God in Gethsemane and Golgotha as well as in the Easter garden.

God is in the sadness and suffering as well as the joy.

The joy of the resurrection is made all the more wonderful when we consider the pain that leads up to it.

The message of the resurrection is made all the more powerful when we remind ourselves that Jesus will be with us in the valleys as well as the mountain tops.

Our celebrations of Easter come once a year, but the Easter message is with us all the year round. Hold that image of the Easter cross in your minds, with its sorrow and its joy. Let it be a reminder of Jesus Christ our living saviour.

Revd. Andrew Webb.

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