In his Easter message, the Rev'd. Leo Osborn, President of the Methodist Conference, considers the different ways in which people came to Christ on the first Easter Day.
The full message follows:
I wonder how you will be coming to church on Easter Sunday? Maybe by car, train, bike or on foot? I hope to be arriving at church by boat as I meet with a congregation on the Amazon River in Brazil! Some of you may be “coming to church” in your own home through radio, TV, or internet.
But how will you really come? On the first Easter Day:
• John came running, eagerly, filled with amazement and, later, with joy.
• Peter came stooping, wondering: If the tomb was empty where was Jesus?
• The two on the road to Emmaus came puzzling: “We had hoped . . . . but . . . ”
• Mary came weeping, grief stricken: “They have taken my Lord away and I don’t know where they have laid Him.”
• Thomas came doubting: “Unless I see ….. I will not believe”.
But, however they came, sooner or later they met with the Risen Lord. And, however you come, I pray that The Risen Lord will bless you with His living presence and lasting peace.
Frodsham Methodist Church organists Andrew Ellams and Harry Leather are two of the six organists that play items on the Binns pipe organ in St. Laurence Parish Church, Frodsham. Recorded by Ian Jesse, the principal guitarist in the 0930 Live! band, this eclectic selection has something for (nearly!) everyone. The cost is £10 and available from Harry Leather. All proceeds are going to the St. Laurence building appeal.
The other organists on the CD are are John Bromley, Tom Cameron, Ken Fayle, and David Leslie.
Why not celebrate Easter Day in a very special way this year? Frodsham Churches Together will, as usual, be holding a short service (about fifteen minutes) at 7am at the cross on the war memorial on Frodsham Hill, followed by breakfast at Frodsham Methodist Church. All are most welcome to join for either the walk or the breakfast (ample will be provided!!!).
On the evening of Palm Sunday, Rev'd. Pat Christopher led a party of members from Frodsham, Tarvin and Kingsley The Hurst Methodist Churches to walk the Stations of the Cross at the Pantasaph Friary, near Holywell in North Wales.
The eighteen members (pictured below) walked up the zig zag path, stopping for Prayer and Meditation at each of the fourteen Stations of the Cross that have been placed on the hillside there. This proved to be a moving experience in the lovely, if somewhat cool, evening sunlight and reminded us of the awful journey Christ made up the hill carrying his own heavy cross for our salvation.
For us there were no noisy jeering crowds, just a sense of peace and quietness as we trudged up the slope to the Crucifix at the summit and tried in vain to imagine the suffering and pain.
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