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Sarah’s Soundings for Easter 2022

In the nature of things I am writing this Easter message before Easter. It seems to be jumping the gun a bit – rushing ahead to the end, or perhaps the high point of the story too quickly. After all Easter is not an isolated festival. The Easter story is one part (albeit the central one) of a bigger story.

This story begins at Christmas, with God coming into the world as a vulnerable child. This child, Jesus, grew up and led a life that was both ordinary and extraordinary: a compelling speaker and a bringer of healing and hope, transforming the outlook and the lives of those who he met, even when this brought him into conflict with the powerful. Then things came to a head and Jesus was arrested and on the darkest of days killed by crucifixion.

The story of Easter is about how after the despair and devastation of Good Friday, when Jesus died on the cross and his followers lost all hope, Jesus was found to be alive again. Easter is the festival of new life, resurrection, hope.

The Easter story is thick with human experience of every kind from utter misery to profound joy. Sometimes those Easter themes of joy and new life are a good fit. Sometimes life- our own or that of the world feels stuck at an earlier point of the story- in the desert places of Lent, or the devastation of good Friday or the lost-ness of Holy Saturday. Talking about new life can feel indeed like jumping the gun. But that Easter message is still there waiting. However dark the night, however long it seems the dawn will come.

God Bless you with joy and hope this Easter

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   Prayers

Prayer for the Peace of the World

Almighty God,

from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed:

kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all, the true love of peace

and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom

those who take counsel for the nations of the earth

that in tranquillity your kingdom may go forward,

till the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

A Prayer for Ukraine

God of peace and justice,

we pray for the people of Ukraine today.

We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.

We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, 

that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.

We pray for those with power over war or peace, 

for wisdom, discernment and compassion

to guide their decisions.

Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, 

that you would hold and protect them.

We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

Amen.

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OUR SPIRE AND ROOF FUNDING: A note to the Community from The Parochial Church Council of All Saints’, Clayton West

We have been very fortunate in achieving monies from the above TRUST and GRANT bodies. Some monies from them have been banked into our savings account; other monies cannot be claimed until we have done some of the work or need to have been claimed by a particular date.

We would like to thank all who are continuing to support us through your donations and our local fund raising activities ; along with our own church savings we are in a position to begin part of the work, namely on the spire, the guttering along the south side of the church and the slates on the low south side of the building.

We have engaged the architect to tender for the work; we need to check out the workmanship of the firm(s) who have tendered and then appoint one to complete that work. We are hoping that work will start soon with a flurry of activity.

With many thanks for all the community interest being shown in this continuing project

Members of the PCC

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