“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee: The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again. Then they remembered His words. When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others.” (Luke 24:7b -9)
• From the Pastor’s Desk…..
This Easter will be very different to any that any of us have ever known. The rhythm of our lives has changed dramatically since the lockdown. The Good Friday Walk of Witness is not happening. In recent years we have taken to giving away the palm crosses to this that we meet on the walk. This has often been a conversation starter.
Last week I enclosed with the newsletter a palm cross. Christians all over the world are being asked to display a cross in their Home windows. To walk and pray, during our permitted daily walk, declaring that Jesus is Alive!
Our Walk of Witness is therefore longer than it could ever be by walking from Broadgate Park to Beeston Square.
Our Witness is spread much further by being all over the area.
Our opportunities for conversations, under the guidance of The Holy Spirit has phenomenal potential for The Kingdom of God.
During these days, like the women on that first Resurrection Day, we need to remember:
1. The Reality of Jesus – He IS The Resurrected Lord! (v6a)
2. The Words of Jesus – He fulfils His Promises! (v6b-7)
3. The Testimony of Jesus – He Lives in and through His disciples! (v8-9)
May this Easter time be a time of embracing The Resurrected Christ in a Special way. Christ is With us; For us; Within us! Pastor Nigel
For further study:
1. Jesus Rises from The Dead (Matthew 28:1-7)
2. Peter & John arrive at the Empty Tomb (John 20:1-9)
3. The Risen Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-16)
4. Jesus appears to two disciples on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-28)
5. Jesus is recognised in the breaking of the bread. (Luke 24:28-35)
6. Jesus appears to His disciples in a locked room (John 20:19-21)
7. Jesus gives the power to forgive sins (John 20:20-23)
8. Jesus confirms the faith of Thomas (John 20:24-29)
9. Jesus meets His Disciples on the shore of Galilee (John 21:4-14
10. Jesus commissions His Disciples to evangelise (Matthew 28:18-20)
11. Jesus ascends to The Father (Acts 1:6-11)
12. Jesus sends The Promised Holy Spirit (Acts 2: 1-21)
Chris Cartwright, General Superintendent of the Elim Pentecostal Churches, has called us to a Day of Prayer, this Friday 10th April, Good Friday. We have enclosed his email in this newsletter giving all the details.
We have received an email from Nigel Adams at the Hope Centre. He says that, “a few more volunteers are needed by the Foodbank. If you can help please contact: Sue.email@example.com
Please pray for:
Boris Johnson to recover fully from covid 19.
Our Young People and University Students waiting news of the way forward for their education.
Message from Chris Cartright – Elim General Superintendent
The National Leadership Team asked me to put together a short video for Easter Sunday for all our Churches. I do understand this strange and unusual time, and everyone is working so hard with online services and ways to engage with our churches and communities, but if you are able to incorporate this video into your Easter Sunday service I would appreciate it. If not, then perhaps you could make it available in other ways to your people.
Please do remember our Call to Prayer this Good Friday.
We are praying very much for God’s grace to be upon us this Easter that we will witness to the resurrection power and presence of Jesus in all that we do.
The link to the Easter Changes Everything video is below: