Vicar's Letter Easter
We celebrate new life at Easter. We celebrate it as eggs, or flowers or chicks and as Christians we celebrate the new life in Jesus, who was crucified on that first Good Friday, rose to new life on the first Easter Sunday. This is not just a wonderful story, it’s an historical fact.
Jesus’ body was never found and his resurrection never disproved. This was despite the best efforts of the mighty Roman Empire and the committed and powerful Jewish leaders to destroy the early church and discredit their belief. The early disciples were changed from a frightened and disillusioned group to men who stood up against the authorities and eventually gave their lives for what they believed – for what they knew to be true – that Jesus came back to life on Easter Sunday. New life for Jesus leading to new life in his disciples. New life for us.
The impacts of what happened that first Easter are still relevant today. When Jesus died and rose, he did it for us. He offers us new life, eternal life, with him; life that starts now, but continues beyond this life. This is worth celebrating!
So how in this season of self-isolation are you celebrating Easter, this new life? Got your Easter eggs ready? And new clothes? I used to take my children clothes shopping just before Easter (I was fairly broke so it was only one item each) and they kept the clothes ’till Easter Sunday despite loud protests about wanting to wear them NOW. Perhaps you can get some flowers to put around your house?
But would you like some words to say to celebrate Jesus’s new life? If so, in this magazine there’s a service for Easter Sunday you can do on your own.
We have a slogan at the moment which says Church is not closed it’s changed. So let’s be church together. Let’s get in the flowers and the candles and chocolate egg and dress up - I might get my long dress out and wear that. Chris doesn’t have a bow tie but does do the white shirt and suit. And together at 10.30 let’s do a service with everyone else in Hightown who wants to join in. Let’s worship the one who gives us new life. Happy Easter
Blessings - Jan
- Revd. Jan Ashton
Vicar of Hightown, Liverpool