The latest monthly letter from our Minister, Revd David Hookins.
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
We are midway through Lent and approaching Easter, but before our Easter celebrations we must face Holy Week. This will be marked by sharing with our Three Church friends on the evening of Palm Sunday at Salisbury United Reformed Church at 6.00 p.m. and an opportunity to share with St Thomas’s on Maundy Thursday at 7.30 p.m. a service followed by the act of Stripping the Altars, where the church is stripped of all ornament in preparation for Good Friday. On Good Friday we will meet at 10.00 a.m. for a short act of worship followed by the Churches Together Walk of Witness which starts at the Cathedral at 11.00 a.m. You are encouraged to attend any or all of these events, and to invite others, as we mark the central moment of our understanding of God. As Paul puts it ‘we proclaim Christ crucified’ (1 Corinthians 1:23 NRSV).
On Easter morning we will greet the day with a short Holy Communion service in the church garden (if dry!);
‘Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there. Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. (John 19:41-20:1 NRSV)
This will be followed by a shared breakfast and at 10.30 a.m. we will have our All Age Celebration of Holy Communion. Again all are encouraged to take part in these services and to invite others.
The pattern of death and resurrection is one that we see modelled by Jesus, and yet one that we struggle to model in our own lives. We are expected to ‘die to sin’ and yet are reluctant to face the sins we harbour and repent of them, we are reluctant to face the change this would mean and the effort it will take. As this is true of us as individuals it is equally true of us as a community of God’s people. What Christ’s sacrifice means for us is that God has led the way in dying to self and has shown us that the inevitable result is resurrection, to leave old pains, hurts, and traumas behind is to receive new life, new hope and new freedom, which cannot be imagined until they are experienced.
May your Lenten journey help you to experience Christ’s resurrection life.
Your brother in Christ,