A message from the worship team

For many Easter may now be a distant memory, but actually Easter is still very much with us. The ‘Easter Season’ lasts for 50 days stretching from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. During this season the risen Christ makes himself known to his disciples and followers to encourage them to continue his work after he leaves them to ascend to God the Father - the day of the Ascension.  

A tall order indeed to consider taking on that challenge - to keep the message of Jesus alive, but as we hear through the words of the commission, he shared with his disciples he said; ’Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember I am with you always, to the end of the age.  

We do not face this challenge on our own – Jesus is always with us.   Throughout his ministry and work on earth he worked as part of a team. To begin with he was always at one with his Father in heaven and he worked in the power of the Holy Spirit – some call this team the ‘God Squad’ but through them more people joined, and the team grew in strength, wisdom, power and love. A team whose mission was to transform this world into a more inclusive, caring, forgiving, loving place, a team which is open to everyone, no skill, no qualifications necessary, just a heart full of love and respect for each other with a willingness to care.

Teamwork is part of our everyday lives - we all need someone – we wouldn’t have survived so well during this past year if it wasn’t for the many different voluntary teams that have supported and cared for so many during the pandemic.

So, when we arrive on the day of ‘Pentecost’ and Jesus has ascended into heaven to sit at the right of the Father are we ready to accept the challenge to continue his work through the power of the Holy Spirit, to walk in his name and love and care for all?

The final verse of this wonderful Celtic hymn, ‘Will you come and follow me’? by John Bell speaks words of encouragement to follow Christ, the way, the truth and the life.

Lord, your summons echoes true
when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you
and never be the same.
In your company I’ll go
where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow
in you and you in me.

Every Blessing

Rev Gwen & the Ministry Team