Easter week 2018
Easter Message from Canon David
Easter is the greatest of all Christian Festivals and I write to wish you and your families the great blessing and greeting of the first Easter morning. In the words of our Risen Lord Jesus, “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid for I give you my Peace, as I am with you always to the end of time.” Yes it is true, Christ is Risen and walks with us in every circumstance of our life’s journey. The Easter Proclamation reminds us that in our Baptism he choose us to be his disciples, giving to each of us a vocation to be a missionary of love.
May I use this opportunity to thank you all for your generosity in responding to the call of Jesus and using the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It has been very evident to me that many of us have been responding to the call of Jesus to be missionary disciples. We have experienced through the past year of mission great outpourings of love in many different channels. The Holy Spirit has been taking us outside the comfort of our beautiful building of St John’s into the Hospital Chaplaincy Ministry, onto the streets to bring healing and compassion. We have been active in setting up the 24 Community House of Prayer in the Bath Wards to implore God’s Spirit to regenerate our City with new hope and vision for equality and justice for all. Our Mission Team have been inspired to invite each and everyone of our community to connect together in the use of our creative gifts and skills.
Mark, one of our Mission Team offers us an Easter Exhortation: “As part of our year of mission, Bishop Declan has challenged us to reflect on what we are doing well, what we could do better and what is God calling us to do that we are not currently doing. Easter is the time of year when we think of renewal and new growth and therefore it is ideal to reflect on these questions across all that we do in the church and celebrate our strengths. We are blessed in St Johns with lots of people involved in many ways in the life of the church and its outreach, however it will not be possible for members of the Road Map team to talk to everyone, but is it is important that everyone has the chance to contribute to the Year of Mission. So over the coming month the Road Map team will be meeting with representatives of all avenues of church life so that the representatives can reach out to the groups they serve in and bring back the breadth of views you have. When we reflect and pray about how we respond to these questions, we should also look outside our church to see what we can learn from others. By working in this way I hope not only to understand how we can best rise to Bishop Declan’s challenge, but also to strengthen our communication in the church and our sense of community”
Your brother and co-worker in the Easter People,
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