What did Peter, John and Mary Magdalene see when they looked in the empty tomb? Different things, but clearly Jesus' body had not been stolen, otherwise the cloths would not be there. What will you see if you look?
First, Andrew Mayfield reflects on the resurrection.
For a transcript of the reflection & talk: click here.
Apologies for the sound quality when Felicity leads the intercessions - they can be read if you click here.
In his talk, Rob describes briefly his journey of faith. He contrasts this with the Israelites who through their lack of faith wandered the desert for 40 years, and links these thoughts to the grace of God who provided a healing bronze snake lifted up for them, prefiguring the amazing grace of Jesus lifted up on the Cross for our redemption.
Val concentrates first on the passage from 1 Peter and reflects on a story perhaps from the book of Enoch: Jesus releasing the prisoners of Hell, and then casts her mind to C.S. Lewis' story in The Great Divorce about a one-way bus from Hell to Heaven, and asks what we can learn about Jesus from these stories.
Sam looks at the mountaintop experience that the disciples had and asks - is it time to expect a mountaintop experience for ourselves with Jesus, and if we've already had one or more, why not expect another?
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The service includes an idea about Easter from Sue Pollard and an interview with Jane Garsed about listening to God in Lockdown.
In his talk Andrew goes back to the culture and the law of Israel at the time of Jesus, explaining why Jesus did not need to talk in detail about what Jewish law said about improper relationships - but Jesus went further - see the reading.
Graham first talks about people's different perspectives/filters on marriage and weddings, then asks what Scripture says, and concludes with thoughts on how to discuss different people's ideas on sexuality - the theological challenges and the pastoral challenges of each perspective.
Alan Fish describes his journey of confusion, weariness and illness, having recently been widowed, being sent to hospital - and being sent home while still ill - and becoming more alive to Jesus. Alan refers to John 21:15 and John 17:26.
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With talk by Revd. Richard Moore
(St. Nicholas & St. Barnabas Kenilworth).
Service led by Felicity Hawke
(St. John Kenilworth).
This is a Churches Together in Kenilworth and District service. For the order of service - click here.
Richard Moore draws parallels between the pivotal point of coronavirus vaccines starting to be deployed and Candlemas being the pivot between Christmas and the lead-up to Easter. Are we prepared to be bearers of the light of Christ?
For a transcript of Richard's reflection - click here.
Like the St. John's 10am service, the main reading was John 15:1-17: the theme was Abiding in Christ and it took the form of three 'vigils', each with intercessions and hymns, and for two of them there was a Taizé chant.
Other references: Philippians 4:6-7 ("do not be anxious ... and the peace of God ... guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus"), Luke 8:22-25 (Jesus commands the disciples to cross the lake in a storm), Matthew 17:22-23 (Jesus knows he is going to die and rise again), Revelation 1:18 ("I was dead, and now look! I am alive for ever")
The service starts at 12 mins 50 secs into the video and lasts 34 minutes