Miranda’s May Reflection
Easter Day is a few weeks behind us now, but we remain in the season of Easter – lasting as it does right through to Pentecost, which this year falls on 4th June.
So what does it mean to be in the Easter season? Haven’t we got all our celebrations of the resurrection out of the way by now? Well, no – as Easter people, we never do, as these resurrection celebrations lie at the heart of our faith and belief. On that basis, it seems only appropriate that the festival of Easter should last the full 50 days from the Easter Vigil through to Pentecost.
In preparation for Easter, Lent was a time of personal reflection – an opportunity for self-examination and penitence. A time to make a commitment to live lives that reflect Christ’s character; lives of passion and compassion, hungry for justice and thirsty for peace. Now we can put into practice the decisions that we made about our future selves, our place within God’s family.
For what an extraordinary gift we have been given in and through Christ. New life is ours, a new beginning with all wrongs put behind us, the opportunity to live purposeful lives shaped by Christ.
We need prayerful determination to allow Christ to reshape us – but if we have this determination then we can celebrate not just his resurrection, but the resurrection of ourselves.
Pentecost is not far off – the birthday of the Church – a reminder that what we do, we do in the power of the Holy Spirit, who blows through and into our lives, sweeping away our doubts and hesitations, and sending us out into the world to proclaim the Good News of lives resurrected through love.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believe in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be save through him. John 3:16-17
Miranda’s April Reflection
You’ve probably eaten your fill of hot-cross buns by now, given the length of time they have been on sale – although there are so many varieties now that you can ring the changes quite easily! However, whatever the flavours, all have one shared characteristic – the cross on top. Of course, if they didn’t, they’d just be boring fruited buns……………..
Now, it may be that it’s a marketing opportunity for bakers and supermarkets but it’s also possible that they make some people stop and think. Maybe children ask what the cross is there for, maybe adults question it, too. You never know, but maybe there’s room for a “Real Hot Cross Bun”, in the same way as we have The Real Easter Egg – not just a marketing opportunity but an opportunity to tell the story.
In the absence (so far!) of this product, we should perhaps see ourselves as the ones to tell the story i.e. not just to eat the buns, but talk about the cross, about Jesus, and about his infinite love for us.
It could be, though, that some of you reading this don’t know what Lent, Holy Week and Easter are all about – if that’s the case, ask someone you know who is a Christian, and they’ll be delighted to share their faith. Or come and join us for our worship, be welcomed as a fellow member of God’s family, and hear the story for yourself – find out what the cross on the hot-cross bun is all about.
We would love to see you at All Saints at any time, but if church is a step too far, what about joining us in the Parish Hall on the first Sunday in the month? Not for worship, just a social time for everyone, with conversation for all ages, and activities for children. Come along to the Hall on 7th May, between 11am and 12.30pm. You’ll see the advert for “Meet for Brunch”in the ‘Events’ section of this website