Weekly Email – Easter 3
The Gospel for this Sunday (Luke 24:36–48) relates an appearance of the risen Jesus to the disciples, one that will help transform their startled incredulity into worship and evangelism.
The meaning of the resurrection of Jesus is inextricably linked not only to the study of scripture but also to engagement in mission:
Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.” (24.47-48).
We hear a lot about mission and mission strategies, usually requiring us to change what we do together in church and trying to convince us that we need training in marketing and PR, without which the church is, apparently, useless. Most of this is bunk. Mission is clearly described above: the proclamation of something, repentance and forgiveness of sins, to which we are witnesses. Already.
We all know that ‘witness’ translates the Greek word ‘martyr’, a word which we now use more narrowly of those whose ‘witness’ involves the loss of their earthly life. But ‘witness’ means what it says: a witness has experience of what he or she proclaims.
Mission, the proclamation of ‘repentance and forgiveness’ (which means unconditional acceptance by God when we approach him honestly and truthfully), is something we experience by growth in our Christian life. This is not doctrine to be taught or learned, but a joyous example to be shared.
Tomorrow our monthly Requiem Mass will be celebrated: please let Fr Michael have names of those you’d like remembered at that Mass.
Links for Sunday
The link for the Propers for Easter 3 is at the top of this email.
And click here for the YouTube live stream.
The flowers today have been given by the Wright family in memory of Joy Wright whose anniversary of death fell on 18 March, during Lent.
If you would like to make a donation for flowers, please contact Shawn on 07988 287 663 or email@example.com or speak to Chris Self.
Prisoners and captives
Nazanin Zhagari-Ratcliffe, Ismaeil Maghrebinejad, Nasrin Sotoudeh, Maira Shabhaz
Rohingya Christians in Pakistan and Karen Christians in Burma
David Fettke, Joan Cooper, Vallery Tchukov, Sara Vice, Katherine Lee, Lorna Smith, Beth Klausing, Hilary Porter, Bruce Ross-Smith, Benjamin Woolf, James Shrimpton, Tony Rodger, Rachel Pereira, Fr Michael Gudgeon, Chris and Carole Radley, Fr Harry Hodgetts, Rosemary Orr, Andrew Rodger, Martin Berka, Barbara Schiefer, Sybil Priestnall, John Mather, Joan Anna SLG, Elizabeth Dennis, Phil Gibbs, Poppy Harris, Sheila Wood, Jennifer Spreckley, Sue Yesnick, Beverley Ward, Elizabeth Lyon, Benita Bray
Those known to us recently departed
Stewart Lyon, Anne Grew, Benedict Reid OSB Pr , Keith Peers, Hisami Kanno, Polly, Ken Nicola, Bob Birbeck, Philip Duke of Edinburgh, Thomas Schultz OHC Pr, Tom & Jean Boddey, Ashur Sargon Eskrya, Michael Bordeaux Pr.
Anniversaries of death
18th – Judith Barrett, Sadie Campbell, Tim Hewlett
19th – Hugh Whittow, Rex Halliwell, Irene Vile, Kathleen Bates, Hilary Waters
20th – Henry Mackay Pr (fifth vicar of All Saints), Margaret Forsyth, Constance Cavan, Alicia Bolton, Priscilla Black
21st – Constance Briscoe, David Mason Pr
22nd – Charles Messenger, Elenor Stanton, Arthur Sandeman Pr
23rd – Hannah Ebbs, John Burton-White
24th – Beatrice Atkins, Ada Brookes, Letitia Nettey, Ambrose Weekes Bp
Supporting All Saints
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All Saints Choir & Music Trust (Charity # 802994)
or The All Saints Foundation (Charity # 273390).