Signs of God’s wonderful creation are all around us. Whether we’re at home looking out of a window, in one of our lovely local parks, out shopping on the Broadway or even stuck in a traffic jam, we don’t need to look far to see the beauty of nature at this time of year.
Someone described the other day how she stopped in her tracks to marvel at an early spring sunset “it was so amazing, so clearly something created by God”, she said.
The spring flowers are out and buds on the trees remind us that they will soon be in blossom – their full beauty displayed for us to enjoy – it’s a time of year that most of us love and look forward to.
But as Christians we believe that it’s not only in nature that we see God’s love for us. We see it in people around us, those we meet in our every day, ordinary people living ordinary lives. We believe that God created us all in his own image and that in all of us there is the potential for a relationship with him. In the book of Ecclesiastes it says: “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men, yet they cannot fathom what he has done from the beginning to the end”
At St James, along with other Christians, we’ll soon be celebrating Easter, when we remember how God showed his love for us and for the world by sending his son Jesus to die for our sins. The mystery of the Easter story is that it doesn’t end on Good Friday at the cross, though, as on Easter Sunday we celebrate his glorious victory over death and the new life he offers us all.
With Christians all over the world we’ll be greeting each other with the Easter greeting “Christ Has Risen, He Has Risen Indeed, Hallelujah!”
*Easter Services at St James: Good Friday (29 March), short Children’s service at 10am followed by Meditation at the cross from 12noon – 3pm; Easter Day (31 March) services at 8am, 9.15, 11.15 and 6pm. All welcome.*
Pilgrim’s Progress 20 – 24 March
Leading up to Easter, this year St James is also hosting a major new theatrical production of Pilgrim’s Progress, featured in the February edition. John Bunyan’s classic tale retells one man’s journey – one of struggle to redemption. Performances are from 20 – 24 March and tickets are now on sale. Suitable for ages 12 and over. Please go to https://pilgrimsprogress.eventbrite.co.uk to book.
With every blessing,