Nick's Notes

Rector’s Letter April 2018

The story of Easter is full of hope.   On the simple story level it speaks to us of never giving up hope, of new beginnings, of new life.  With the timing of Easter with springtime, it is easy to relate the message of Easter to the new birth of the earth, the passing of the ‘death of winter’ in to the new life of spring – daffodils, lambs, and the promise of longer, warmer days.  It can be a parable of life.

But there is more.  Humans are more than just their bodies and their need for food and warmth.  Every generation, every society has known there is something more and have sought it.  We talk of God, the soul, of spiritual things.  Easter is the story of access to this complimentary part of human life.  God, by definition, must be unknowable, unreachable, perfect; in the Easter story we see a bridge that is built not from us to God but from God to us, God’s self-revelation in Jesus Christ.  We can look at Jesus and see all the attributes of God, and through Jesus we can have a personal relationship with God.  It is our choice, but at least the way is open if we want to seek God.  New life is available to all.

But there is more.  Irrespective of how many people believe (God did not enter a popularity contest and ask for your vote), God has acted in such a way that nothing is the same; nothing in earth, or heaven, in time or space.   Easter changes everything.  God sees us through the lens of Jesus, will call us family, brothers and sisters of Christ, heirs of all that belongs to Jesus.  We can enter the presence of God not in fear and trembling, not with all our good deeds on show to buy favour, but simply as those who believe and trust in Jesus.  We pass from death to life as Jesus passed from death to life.

But what is the bottom line, what difference does Easter make?  It gives you two bank holidays and a long weekend; it can give you hope in difficult times that things do change and new life is possible; it gives you a life to lead today with the risen Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit; it gives the restoration of the human condition in to full communion with God.

Always go for the more.

Have a great Easter.

Nick Law

Rector

Family Focus

It was with great sadness that we learnt that George Nash died on 12th February.  He was someone who was totally involved in our community in the peninsula and beyond.  He was a hard working person who simply got on with the jobs, and didn’t seek any glory or reward; much of what George did no one ever knew.

For me he was my right hand at church.  He was churchwarden for 20 years and made sure that everything worked and the myriad of jobs that needs doing to keep a church alive were done without fuss.

Our prayers are with his wife Jane and with his wider family.


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