Christ is risen, alleluia! He is risen indeed, alleluia!
For forty days the Church has celebrated with all joy Christ’s mighty resurrection.We have proclaimed once again the acts of the risen Lord who has overcome death. Jesus’ resurrection is the beginning of the astonishing renewal that God promises for our world, the beginning of God’s promise of new heavens and a new earth, a new relationship between humanity and God.
This week those forty days have reached their glorious conclusion as we witness to the awesome ascension of our Lord to God’s right hand, and join with the psalmist in proclaiming ‘God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet… God sits on his holy throne.’
The person who had suffered at the hands of the world is now exalted into the very presence of God, there to receive kingly power. Exalted into a place from which Jesus would continue to help his disciples, just as he continues to help us as we try to live as his followers today. Christ in heaven until the time comes for the heaven and earth to be finally renewed and united; when Christ will come again.
The Ascension marks a new stage in our long Easter season. Those early disciples returned from the sublime experience of seeing Christ lifted up, and threw themselves into prayer alongside Mary the mother of Jesus, and I encourage eachone of you to do likewise. As we approach Pentecost next Sunday, let us renew our Eastertide prayer, seeking God’s word to us, and how we are to live as Christ’s
followers today. It is no mere chance that this time between Ascension and Pentecost is also set aside as the ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’.
Last week it was my pleasure to receive a welcome gift from the Children’s Church, a prayer of praise and thanksgiving offered to God. I would like to share with you afew lines of this prayer, written by some of the youngest members of our Church:
Thank you God for friends and family and our pets.
Thank you for all the love in our world…
We are sad when we are hurt mentally or physically…
We pray for the sick and the lonely,
our grandparents and those who love us…
God you are: Holy, Love, Amazing, The World, A Teacher,
Our God, Kindness, Great, Merciful, Glorious, Helpful.
Yours in the risen and ascended Christ,
Fr Ben Randall
- Durham St road changes reminder: there is now no right turn from Durham St into our car park, which may be accessed only by turning left from Tuam St into Durham St. When exiting the car park all vehicles must turn left. At the lights either turn right into Lichfield St or left into Oxford Terrace. See map on poster.
- Women’s Fellowship meets Tuesday 10:30 am in the parish lounge. Paul Ellis will speak about Church Music. All welcome. Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
- Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel on Wednesdays at 12 noon. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
- Vicarage Building Fund: soup and home baking next Sunday. More delicious treats for you to enjoy (remember to bring cash).
- Bible Study Group meets next on 21 May, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
- Professional young woman requires live-in paid board, short term. References provided. Details Paul Ellis.
- CCS Disability Action seeks foster family for a 12-year old boy. Details on poster or from Sheryl Catchpole (365 5661).
- Anglo-Catholic Hui with Bishop Steven Benford: Dunedin 9–11 August. Programme to include presentations on sacraments, mission, the Holy Spirit,
Church growth, work with children and youth, and spirituality. Enquiries: Fr Michael firstname.lastname@example.org
- Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Koha to parish.
- Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.