Thursday 6th April 7 pm – Maundy Thursday
Led by Rick Sarre, Musician Neil Palmer, Welcomer Barbara Ferguson.
Maundy Thursday – the Thursday before Easter. Maundy is derived from the Latin word for “command,” and refers to Jesus’ commandment to the disciples to “love one another as I have loved you.” Maundy Thursday is traditionally acknowledged as the time when Jesus shared his final meal with his followers before he was crucified. This will be a service of reflection and contemplation. We will hear music and poetry and sing songs in remembrance of that solemn evening. There will be no sermon. Congregants will have the opportunity, if they desire, to participate by partaking in the communion ‘meal’ of bread and wine.
Good Friday 7th April 9.30 am
Led by Keith Maynard, Organist: Ashleigh Tobin, Welcomer: Denise van der Westhuizen.
Good Friday. The Good Samaritan How many Australians would understand what that meant? 80%?? More?? Jesus taught us so much, and it’s still relevant. You’d be surprised at some of the things Jesus said while on the Cross. It’s good to reflect on all these things while on the way home, so there’ll be no morning tea.
Easter Day Sunday 9th April 10 am
Led by Rev Olly Ponsonby, Organist: Jula Szuster, Soloist: Yvonne Sinclair, Welcomer: Ruth Sinclair.
Easter Sunday. “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, because He lives, all fear is gone, because I know He holds the future, and life is worth the living just because He lives!” So go the words of the popular Gaither-penned hymn. In our Gospel reading today, a despairing and desperate Mary Magdalene is the first witness to the risen Christ. Jesus says, “dear woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” With just one word – her name – everything is changed: Jesus is alive! He has shattered the bonds of death, He has cancelled the debt of sin, He has triumphed over the powers of darkness, and now He calls the lost and all exiles home. This Easter Sunday, we consider how Jesus asks us those same questions, and how He calls us too by our name, into a relationship with Him. Our living, conquering Christ, who loves us with an everlasting love, and who meets us in our own despairing and darkness, and brings us hope and the promise of new life. Because He lives…