On Sunday Holy Week starts and we reflect on Jesus’ triumphant, and provocative, entry into Jerusalem. The fickle crowds who acclaimed him as king soon cried for his blood. We have a special service to mark Palm Sunday and this will be emailed out to you at 9.45 for a 10am start. I am leading this service. Of course you can listen to it whenever you want but many people are finding it good to listen at the same time as others. Last week over 3,200 people listened directly with many others listening on CDs burnt by their local churches or simply following the order of service printed for them locally.
Each morning we have been looking at the Stations of the Cross by Fr Sieger Koeder a German Jesuit priest and artist. On Wednesday afternoon, at 2.45 we will send out a link to a YouTube film we’ve created which also reflect on the Stations of the Cross. We use mix clips from Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, music mainly from Handel’s Messiah and reflections written from the point of view of the Centurion to help us focus on Jesus’ journey from Pilate’s Court to the Cross.
On Good Friday I lead a service which will be emailed out to you at 2.45 for a 3pm start. This is a simple service of prayer and reflection as we mark the saddest day of the year.
On Easter Sunday we will send out the service at 9.45 for a 10am start. The service is lead by the Rev’d Dr John Bradbury currently one of the ministers at Downing Place URC in Cambridge but soon to become our next General Secretary. This special Easter Service gives an opportunity, if you wish, to receive Communion. All you need is to have some bread and wine at hand as we celebrate and are drawn up into Christ’s presence together. Though separated from each other we are not separated from the Risen Lord who bids us welcome.
with every good wish
The Rev’d Andy Braunston
Daily Devotions from the URC