A message from Duncan:
“He is not here, but has risen.” Luke 24: 5
As we move from winter to spring once more, we are also at the time of year when Christians around the world celebrate the festival which is at the heart of the Christian faith – Easter. We journey together through the weeks of Lent, using the time to think about our lives, how we behave, the attitudes we take and how we may draw nearer to God as we go through our daily living. In the week before Easter we also journey with Jesus, remembering how he was betrayed, arrested, put on trial, beaten, tortured and mocked – then nailed to a cross until he was dead.
Now if that had been the end of his story we would not still be thinking about it 2,000 years later. No. that was very definitely not the end – for 3 days later Jesus rose to new life, bringing a special light to the world, a light of joy and hope. Joy that death had been overcome and hope of eternal life for each one of us in God’s kingdom of heaven.
And God calls us all to continue spreading the light of Jesus in all that we do. We can do that by helping to bring about peace, justice and mercy in our world. By supporting those in greater need than us, by speaking out against the injustices we see and experience in life, and by doing our best to live in peace with everyone.
But sharing the light of joy and hope also includes the sharing of our gifts and talents. Which is why we have been so pleased to be able to offer the opportunity to take part in the Festival of Talent once again. This is a wonderful chance for all of us to come together and celebrate the skills in art, craft and music that so many have and work so hard to develop, but keep to themselves. And also to inspire others who may be thinking ‘I could never do anything like that!’, but would never know until they tried.
We can also share the light of God’s love by entering into the many community events and activities put on at St Christopher’s and around Thornhill – such as The Four Seasons Drop-in (first Saturday of each month 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.), the Quiz Night (7.00pm March 10th) and Barn Dance (7.00pm April 28th) – just to mention a few!
Also, everyone will be welcomed at the many services held at St Christopher’s at this special time of year, such as Easter Morning (9.30am April 1st) when there will be a chocolate raffle after the worship and Pentecost (9.30 and 11.00 a.m. May 20th).
With love and blessings ,