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Christ is Risen! Alleluia! He is Risen indeed Alleluia!! This is the manner in which the early Christians greeted one another. So transformative was the resurrection that it turned a group of frightened dispirited men and women into a confident driving force to tell the world about the truth of the Resurrection of Jesus even if it cost them their lives.
They did this because they believed that the world, even though it didn’t look like it was irrevocably changed. It must have been a great challenge for them, as they went down into the market place and saw the same Roman Soldiers who had stood at the cross, or done the nailing. They saw the Rabbi’s and the Scribe’s and the Chief Priest’s all who had condemned Jesus to death. However, change the world the Resurrection indeed did. It did this by changing the lives of believers. The initial change of course, came in the disciples, but then a young Rabbi called Saul met the risen Jesus on the road to Damascus and his life was changed also. One by one, person by person the world is being changed by God.
This still holds true for us today. The world looks like it is a disaster, there is so much that is wrong in the world, but still the resurrection has the power to change the lives of people, one by one. This happens by people placing God at the centre of their lives. This is what we are encouraging people to do here at St. Johns. We want people to be changed, transformed and renewed by the resurrection but it can only occur in our lives when we put God at the centre of our lives.
This month of April at St. Johns we will be concentrating on the theme of New Life. New Life in our church community, New Life in our interpersonal lives, New Life in our own lives, but this can only happen when we put God at the centre. We invite you to come on this journey with us
May the blessings of Easter be upon you all
written by our former Rector, Father Bill Weston
God our Father, send your Holy Spirit upon the people of this parish. Give us a greater love for all. Make us more compassionate for the sick, the lonely and all in need, more zealous in the inspiration of the young, more concerned about the wider mission of the Church and more generous in our giving of service and money. Help each one of us to know what we ought to do and give us strength and courage faithfully to do it, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen