Second Sunday of Easter, 18th April

Alleluia! Christ is Risen’ we hear said.
And then, ‘He is risen indeed, Alleluia’, comes the response.
We say this each week during the Easter Season
As the warm temperatures increase and the flowers and trees evidence new life, we are all gradually making the transition from the cold of winter towards the summertime. We can’t help it.
The seasons are often useful to us, in marking the year, in giving signposts and meaning to human life. Children often reawaken that awareness in us. I wonder whether we will look back and see this season of ‘stay at home’ in a different light, after we emerge from it.
– Pollution has gone down noticeably, animals are returning to habitats we had taken over;  we ourselves are appreciating the little things and living a more simple lifestyle – in its absence, we are appreciating the joys of gathering together on Sundays, which some are missing a great deal.
This will have been a time in which we changed.
Let’s look out for the spiritual value of this in the coming weeks, as we continue to celebrate the Easter season of resurrection and new life.
The Lord is risen!
Take care
Paul

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Collect

Almighty Father,
you have given your only Son to die for our sins
and to rise again for our justification:
grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness
that we may always serve you
in pureness of living and truth;
through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Acts 2.14a,22–32

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.

22 ‘You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— 23this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. 24But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. 25For David says concerning him,
“I saw the Lord always before me,
   for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;
26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
   moreover, my flesh will live in hope.
27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
   or let your Holy One experience corruption.
28 You have made known to me the ways of life;
   you will make me full of gladness with your presence.”

29 ‘Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. 31Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying,
“He was not abandoned to Hades,
   nor did his flesh experience corruption.”
32This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.

from Psalm 16

6  I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel,
   and in the night watches he instructs my heart.
7  I have set the Lord always before me;
   he is at my right hand; I shall not fall.
8  Wherefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoices;
   my flesh also shall rest secure.
9  For you will not abandon my soul to Death,
   nor suffer your faithful one to see the Pit.
10  You will show me the path of life;
      in your presence is the fullness of joy
   and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

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Today’s Sunday service from Radio Four is broadcast at 9:10 am, Swiss time
A virtual service from Holy Trinity Platt, Manchester, with speech and music recorded in isolation, today’s service reflects on the experience of the disciples after Jesus’ resurrection when Jesus came to them in the upper room.
Reading: Luke 24 36-43.
Now the Green Blade Riseth (trad), Amazing Grace (Tomlin); Before the throne of God above (Cook), See what a morning (Townend); ); He will hold me fast (Getty); It is Well (trad).
Preacher: The Revd Dr Paul Mathole; Leader: Sarah Bradley
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Today’s Songs of Praise on BBC1 television at 14:15 Swiss time
Filmed before the current restrictions, Aled Jones explores the theme of inclusion at the Strawberry Field Salvation Army centre in Liverpool and discovers its link to The Beatles.
Music:
To God Be The Glory -Salvation Army Sale, September 2015
Hear The Call Of The Kingdom – Albert Hall, Nottingham, October 2018
Cornerstone – Church of Christ the Cornerstone, Milton Keynes, October 2017
Let Us Build A House – St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen, November 2015
You’ll Never Walk Alone – Katherine Jenkins
Strength Will Rise – Salvation Army, Sale, September 2015
Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven – Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, May 2016
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