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Season of Easter 2018

Lent to Easter is a journey of the interior for the Christian. It is a time for reflection on our own lives and a time to contemplate what Jesus did for us. Join us this year as we journey towards Easter starting with Ash Wednesday, through the 40 days of Lent and arriving on Easter Sunday to joyous celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.

Lent

The period of Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Good Friday. Lent is a period of reflection where we step back from the worldliness of every day and contemplate how we can draw closer to God. In some traditions Lent is a time for letting go and penitence. Some people choose to give up certain activities or foods as a spiritual practice however we encourage people to give up that which keeps them separate from God.

During Lent, special Bible study sessions are held at various times during the week. Please check our FaceBook page for up to date information on times and themes or contact the office on 3031 3030.

Pancake Day – Tuesday February 13, 2018

Join us at the front of the church for delicious pancakes from 7am. Funds raised go towards our community projects. Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday comes from the tradition of using up all the eggs, milk and other fats in the household before the fasting of Lent commences. Shrove comes from ‘shriven’ meaning to absolve of one’s sins as Christians went to confession on the day before Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday – February 14, 2018

  • Self Guided Reflection: Church open from 7am to 2pm, Wednesday 14 February.

Ash Wednesday, as the first day of Lent, encourages people to begin the examination of their lives acknowledging we have sinned and caused division from God. In some services some people will choose to receive the sign of the cross in ash to their forehead.

“...you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” (Gen 3:19)

 The ashes represent the dust God made us from. They also symbolise grief; grief that we have sinned. Upon receiving the ashes many people see this as a start of their Lenten practice. You are invited to come to the church anytime between 7am and 2pm on this day where you will find material available for a self-guided reflection.

 

Ecumenical Peace Walk – March 18

More details will be provided on this walk closer to the date. Please mark it in your diary to join us on this walk.

 

Holy Week

The week leading up to Easter Sunday is known as Holy Week. A range of activities can take place this week to mark Jesus’ deeds going into Jerusalem and retreating to Bethany at night.

Palm Sunday

  • Services: 9am and 11am, Sunday 25 March, 2018

Palm Sunday is called this because it marks Jesus’ first trip into Jerusalem when the crowd greeted him with palm fronds and cries of “Hosanna” as he entered the city on a donkey. Come along to any of our services this Sunday to find out more.

Sing It Yourself Messiah, 7pm Sunday 25 March, 2018

This is a wonderful occasion where we sing the message of the Good News of Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection told through the words of the prophetic voices.

Would you like to sing? Rehearsal will start at 4.30pm (doors to the church open at 4.00pm), a small cost will requested at the door. A refreshment break will be taken at 6.20pm, with sandwiches, cakes and drinks available in Wesley House for an additional small cost. The performance commences at 7.00pm when the soloists will join the choir. There will be scores made available to those who do not possess their own copy. Please invite any of your friends or family interested in joining in the choir. 

Would you like to watch? All non-singing members of the community are welcome to come and listen to this amazing performance starting at 7pm.

 

 Maundy Thursday

  • Service: 7pm, Thursday 29 March, 2018

Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter and is believed to be when Jesus celebrated His Passover meal with His disciples. He displayed great humility at this meal by washing the feet of His disciples and commanded that they do the same for each other. Jesus said:

“... I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34)

Join us for this special service on Maundy Thursday that commemorates this act.

 

Good Friday

  • Service: 9am, Friday 30th  March, 2018

On Good Friday we remember that Jesus willingly suffered and died as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. It is the day both wrath and mercy meet at the cross. The service commemorates Jesus’ crucifixion and ends with the altar being stripped bare and people leaving the service in silence.

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1)

 

Easter Sunday

  • Services: 6am, 9am, 11am and 6.30pm, Sunday 1st April 2018
  • Our 6am sunrise service includes breakfast afterwards. All welcome.

On Easter Sunday we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and his victory over sin and death. The sadness of Good Friday is cast aside as Jesus has risen from the dead fulfilling God’s promises to us. The tomb is empty and the prophecy fulfilled. Come and rejoice with us that the Lord has risen!

“For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures...” (1 Cor 15:3-4)

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