It has been quite a week here at St. Cuthbert’s. On Tuesday there was a Bishop’s Study Day attended by Jane, Stewart and myself. This was followed by two days of Re:Wind to Easter during which over 200 children from four of our local schools were presented with the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Our thanks go to all our wonderful volunteers and cake makers without whom the event would not be possible. Then on Thursday Sandra, Stewart, Janet and I found ourselves at another meeting with Bishop Toby, who brilliantly outlined his understanding of how we are to relate to those of different cultures and faiths. There was much to learn.
On Saturday our final Lenten Prayer breakfast saw us fill the Chapel to overflowing. Their minister Kevin encouraged us to rejoice in God’s greatness and shared something of their work in the local schools and community. Yet again our joining together in prayer with the other churches has been well supported and wonderfully rewarding. We are now looking forward to the early morning service at Church on the Way for Easter Day. This was followed by the penultimate gathering of our Growing Leaders Course during which we considered how to keep our Leadership fresh.
And so Holy Week 2016 has finally arrived. Our Sunday service was led by our Young People who shared with us some of the events of Palm Sunday including performing science experiments and creative acts of prayer. They achieved this with very limited organising time and our thanks should go to them for a delightful service.
Again we were joined by some of our new Iranian friends. This Sunday we shall be offering baptism to four men and two women. It should be a wonderful time of worship and will be led by one of our worship teams.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Lord Jesus Christ,
in this sacred and solemn week
when we see again
the depth and mystery of your redeeming love,
help us to follow where you go,
to stop where you stumble,
to listen when you cry,
to hurt as you suffer,
to bow our heads in sorrow as you die,
so that, when you are raised to life again,
we may share in your endless joy. Amen.