Friday, 17 April 2015

Easter and the crucified savour remembered

Easter means Eternal life

As Christmas is celebrating Jesus' birth, Easter is celebrating Jesus' victory over death and mankind's hope for eternal life.

The highlights behind the Easter story include Jesus' execution, His burial and, most importantly, His rising from death.

The account of Jesus' rising from death was recorded in the most authoritative historical records, the Gospel books: Three days after His death, a few women first found His tomb empty. Then Jesus appeared in front of these women and His disciples, talking and eating with them. Out of doubts still, one disciple did not believe Jesus was alive again until he actually touched Jesus' fatal wounds.  In the following forty days, the people witnessed the living Jesus who had amazingly returned from death having endured such a terrible death. He then ascended to Heaven and left us a legacy of good over evil.

Before His death, Jesus had promised eternal life to those who followed Him. If the story ended at His death, Jesus would have been no more than a religious figure with a finite life span. But the fact the Jesus rose from death demonstrated He has the power over death, and only through Him can people have hope for eternal life.  Jesus said,  "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

Easter is often demoted to just a time of giving eggs and those being mainly chocolate.
However on the Christian map Easter is just as important as Christmas. Christmas marks the birth of Christ whilst Easter marks both the death of Christ and also the rebirth or resurrection.
Easter is the day when we celebrate Jesus Christ rising from the dead. Jesus is the Son of God and heroically gave His life to die for our sins. On the third day after He died -- the day we now celebrate as Easter Sunday -- His friends went to His grave, and found that He had risen from the dead. They saw an angel who told them, "Don't be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn't here! He has been raised from the dead, just as He said it would happen."

Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday; now He offers to you the gift of eternal life and forgiveness of sins.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Sunday 15/03/2015 baptism of Daniel Smith

 Sunday marked the baptism of Daniel Smith son of Simon and Gosia Smith
Gosia is from Poland.

Also 40 years a priest for Father Vincent dating back to 1975.
Father was a bit upset by Irelands performance in the six nations rugby league competition...However we did offer to sing flower of Scotland or the Welsh anthem to make things better but he declined that ... :)

here are some more pictures to record the event

The christening

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Children's liturgy 8/03/2015 Jesus was angry in the temple

Sunday the children discussed the bible story of when Jesus entered the temple At the sight of merchants and market sellers in the sacred temple Jesus became very angry and overturned the tables causing chaos.
The event was likened to allowing a modern being able to sell their goods such as bread eggs milk and meat etc within the actual church. The children were asked if they would agree to seeing a supermarket being allowed within the church for convenience but they all objected to that.

In addition they were asked if items such as X box or play stations or indeed the WII should be made available in church along with television but the didn't feel it was appropriate to allow such objects. Church is for praying and singing as a community.

It was put to the children that perhaps the mass should be televised and then they could easily watch it from home. However it was agreed that the purpose of church and being a Christian was to share the experience of worship and join together United at least once a week.

Though Christ's reaction and anger was quite shocking and disturbing it was agreed by the children that Christ was right to evict the traders and market people from the temple.
The children then coloured in the variousmarket stalls and animals for the display board as shown below.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

pay back to ceaser the tax he is owed

When Jesus was once questioned by the then Jewish clergy and hierarchy, he was asked if the people should pay taxes back to Rome and the Ceaser. Jesus thought about the question and realised the nature  of the trap and gave his answer. Give me a coin  he said. Who is this picture of on the coin. He was told Ceaser ,  so he said you must pay back to him who owns the coins what is his. In this way he said if you enter a game you must live by the rules of the game. To use Roman coins means you must abide by their rules and that includes paying tax.

Tomorrow there is a program on BBC 1 on panorama about HSBC Bank and how they avoided or more like evaded paying tax by using swiss bank accounts and advising rich customers how to not pay tax. Once again that would be a criminal offence to the man in the street but when it's a bank they do seem to be above the law...
The program is on Monday 8:30pm BBC

The public have an expectation that our institutions are not corrupt but more so that the laws are not one sided and protect obvious corruption..

Monday, 2 February 2015

Childrens liturgy 1/02/2015 -The miracles of Christ

There were several topics for discussion with the children. The first topic was what is the name of a Jewish church or temple ...
A) Synagogue,
 also spelled  (fromGreek συναγωγή, transliterated synagogē, meaning "assembly"; בית כנסת beth knesset, meaning "house of assembly"; בית תפילה beth t'fila, meaning "house of prayer"; שול shul;אסנוגה esnoga; קהל kahal), is a Jewish house of prayer.

Synagogues have a large hall for prayer (the main sanctuary), and may also have smaller rooms for study and sometimes a social hall and offices. Some have a separate room forTorah study, called the beth midrash(Sefaradi) "beis midrash (Ashkenazi)—בית מדרש ("House of Study").

Synagogues are consecrated spaces that can be used only for the purpose of prayer; however a synagogue is not necessary forworship. Communal Jewish worship can be carried out wherever ten Jews (a minyan) assemble. Worship can also be carried out alone or with fewer than ten people assembled together. However there are certain prayers that are communal prayers and therefore can be recited only by aminyan. The synagogue does not replace the long-since destroyed Temple in Jerusalem.

Israelis use the Hebrew term beyt knesset(assembly house). Jews of Ashkenazidescent have traditionally used the Yiddishterm "shul" (cognate with the German Schule, school) in everyday speech. Spanish and Portuguese Jews call the synagogue anesnoga. Persian Jews and Karaite Jews use the term Kenesa, which is derived fromAramaic, and some Arabic-speaking Jews use knis. Some Reform and ConservativeJews use the word "temple". The Greek word "Synagogue" is a good all-around term, used in English (and German and French), to cover the preceding possibilities.[1]

The children next discussed the miracles of Christ and which was their favourite. There are many examples of miracles Christ performed and the first being the changing of water into wine.
The children coloured in their favourite miracle scene