Readings for Easter Sunday
Acts 10.34-43, Colossians 3.1-4; and Matthew 28.1-10
Wednesday 19 April
What does it mean to be an “Easter People”? It means firstly to be people who have met with the Risen Jesus and begun to experience new life through the gift of the Holy Spirit. It means to be people who are beginning to live in hope and not fear – and who bring that hope to the people they meet and the places they live and work. Paul’s words “set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth” doesn’t mean that we are to be so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly use – rather it means that we are to live by different priorities than those of the world around us. We are to be ambitious, not for the things of this world but for God’s priorities of faith, hope and love.
Question: What could you do to bring God’s priorities of faith, hope and love to the places you will be and the people you will meet today?
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the new life you have given me in Christ. Show me how I can share that life with others today.
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Monday 28 March
A stormy day?
Have you got out the wrong side of the bed?
Easter is simply recognising the potential of possibility.
Because ‘He is Risen!’
Sunday 28 March
Close you eyes – dark isn’t it ! But then open them and brilliant clarity. Isn’t that resurrection material?
An author passes and yet lives on through their writings. Isn’t that resurrection-like?
A girl is killed in a car crash, her organs used to enable others to live, her family are upheld by this sacrifice. Isn’t that resurrection- esk?
Star Wars spirality sees followers gifted by the very death of a master and leader. Very resurrection!
But there is much, much more to Easter.
A weak, frightened group of individuals changed because of something more significant. Our learning of death not being final, can make us into communities that recognise God’s kingdom in the present.
With God everything is possible. Jesus physical statement beyond death make all things new and possible.
When a Christian say “Christ is Risen!” There is reason to know that our hope can lead us to many destinations.
Have yourself a blessed Easter.
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17 April 2015
Lily was a life and soul person who was outgoing and yet gentle. With her age she became trapped by diabetese which sent her blind.
For a number of years she was restricted to home, not even making it to church. She was becoming smaller by the month and yet resisted nursing care with a will of iron.
When eventually she tried respite care, she realised what she had been missing and booked her place a month later. Two weeks before that date Lily rang the home and pleaded to be accepted straight away as she couldn’t bear the solitude any longer.
Lily became the soul of her nursing home as she resurrected her strength and vitality. She became a tonic to the ‘old people’ around her.
Other people recognised Lily as an Easter person.
Rev’d Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield
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8 April 2015
A lazy afternoon watching a nature programme on T.V.. We are told that human cells reproduce really fast and over a lifetime we are not the same person we were. Indeed, renewal is a part of being alive.
Renewal and resurrection are part of the Christian D.N.A.. We are part of this Easter life that rises. Renewed and changed is how Jesus sent out the disciples. Not scare and fearful because of the crucifixion of Jesus, but in the light of his resurrection.
Easter people still?!
Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield.