Pewsheet for Week Beginning 26th April 2016

Easter, Pewsheets

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Pewsheet for Week Beginning 17th April 2016

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The Curate Writes…

Easter

Doubting Thomas who appears in our readings today gives all of us hope.  In his doubts the writer of the Gospel is telling us that doubts are OK.  For sometimes doubt can do good in us.  It can motivate us to study and learn.  It can purify false beliefs that have crept into our faith.  It can humble our arrogance.  It can give us patience and compassion with other doubters.  It can remind us of how much truth matters.

Martin Luther, who was a champion of the importance of faith but wrestled with doubt himself, insisted that pride—not doubt—is the opposite of faith.  Faith without a shade of any doubt quickly becomes fundamentalism. Fundamentalism in Christianity as well as Islam has led to the Crusades, sectarian violence or the atrocities of ISIS.  So to have questions is natural and it is the role of the Church to create safe spaces such as home groups and services where these doubts can be expressed and explored without judgement or fear.  There is a phrase in the Alpha Course Leaders booklet that states: there is no question that is silly, stupid or that has probably never been asked before. Questions are good for they test our faith and make us humble.  Let us at times be doubting Thomas and at others as sure in faith as St Paul.

Blessings Steve

 

Pewsheet for Week Beginning 3rd April 2016

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From the Curate…

Easter

Lent is over and Christ is Risen! Happy Easter! Rip open the chocolate eggs and carve the leg of lamb. Is that all that Easter is now? Just a 2000 year old quaint story – a myth that has little meaning. Obviously, given my profession, I don’t think that is all it is. The eggs, family meals and lamb are all an added bonus.

However, what we celebrate today is the single most important date in history. In short it is a game changer. It is what we celebrate in the baptisms of Renex, Noah, Stanley and Lucy and with Alex, Christian, Lily and Andy taking their first bread and wine at the Eucharist. For in Baptism and the Eucharist we enter into a relationship with the person of Jesus Christ who was the game changer.

Humanity is built with an awareness that it is cut off somehow from God through its ability to continually mess up and every other religious code starts from a position that humanity will try to bridge the gap to God in its own efforts. Christianity rather looks to God to help bridge the troublesome chasm between humanity and God. God bridged the gap by sending his only begotten Son because he loved the world so much – who opened his arms on the cross and breached the gap between us and God – then, now and forever. That is what we celebrate. Happy Easter

Steve