Reflection on the Lectionary

Sunday 24th April (Easter 2)

Psalm 118 : 14 – 29, 14-24; Acts 5 : 27 – 32; Revelation 1 : 4 – 8; John 20 : 19 – 31
This reflection is provided by Local Preacher and volunteer Lay Pastor, Kevin Marshall.

The Sunday after Easter is often called Low Sunday, a Sunday when often Lay or Local Preachers take services. It is a time to reflect and think about the events of Easter. Many Years ago, in 1998 there was a song by Semisonic that had the line “every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.” Easter is the end of Lent and so we enter the new beginning of Eastertide which will take us on a journey until Pentecost. So, during Eastertide we reflect and remember the end of Holy week and the events of the
Crucifixion and death of Jesus on Good Friday. Then the glorious new beginning which came on Easter Sunday with the resurrection of Jesus. This leads us when we consider these readings to ask a series of questions about our Christian life. They challenge us to think about what we are doing in our faith. Are we ready to go forward in the new beginning of Easter answering these questions?

WHO DO YOU OBEY GOD OR MAN?
In Acts 5 we read the disciples had been preaching and witnessing in Jerusalem, had been arrested and put in prison they had been brought before the city officials and told not to speak of Jesus. But when released they had straightway gone back to preaching and witnessing about Jesus again. They were arrested again and asked why they had ignored the commands of the court to which they replied that they had no choice
they had to tell the people about Jesus for that is what He commanded them to do. They said they had no choice for they said, “we must obey God rather than Human beings” (Acts 5 : 29). So, do we feel the same about God who sent His Son to die for us and has raised Him from the dead to give us eternal Life? This leads to the second question from Psalm 118.

WE HAVE THE VICTORY IN OUR LIFE THROUGH GOD HAVE YOU CLAIMED IT?
The Psalmist tells us of the victory we have in God and that we have salvation through Him and He will be the one who blesses us and from worshipping Him we can be blessed. This will give us the victory in our Christian Life, but we have to claim it and to do it daily through prayer and it is given to us by the power of the Holy Spirit. Then in Revelation we are reminded by John that God is eternal

WHEN IS GOD PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE?
As a faithful witness to the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, John was given the Revelation to show God’s servants what must soon take place. In this case, the word soon refers to the events of John’s own lifetime. In particular, John was told to write on a scroll what he saw concerning the Seven Churches, which were located in the province of Asia (Modern-day Turkey), and that existed at the time of the writing of the Revelation. This reminds us God is forever no matter how long our problems seem to exist God is there with us and will be with us for God sees the past the present and the Future.

So, this Eastertide let us remember we should follow and obey God for He has given us the Victory over our problems if we claim it, and we should claim it daily. For God is eternal He sees the past, the present and the future. So let pray as we start the new beginning, we start it with God around us and within us, taking us forward into another new beginning at Pentecost.
AMEN

Easter 2022 – Minister’s Letter

“Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!” ( Luke 24:1-12)

This is the Good News of Easter for all Christians across the world.

The Easter story is one that is familiar to us, we know it so well but how do we live it? We are surrounded by death, and we are called to live as resurrection, Easter day people in the midst of death, how is that possible? How do we do that?

On Easter day, early in the morning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. The stone was not rolled aside so Jesus get out, but so others could get in and see that Jesus had indeed risen from the dead, just as he had promised. The angel who announced the Good News of the resurrection to the women gave them four messages: (1) Don’t be afraid. Are we afraid of coronavirus and wars? The reality of the resurrection brings joy, not fear. When you are afraid, remember the empty tomb of Jesus. (2) He isn’t here. Jesus is not dead and is not to be looked for among the dead. He is alive with his people. (3) Come , see. The women could check the evidence themselves.

The tomb was empty then, and it is empty today. Resurrection is the reality. (4) Go quickly and tell. They were to spread the joy of the resurrection. We, too, are to spread the great news about Jesus’ resurrection; which is the key to the Christian faith.

Because of Jesus’ resurrection , we can be certain of our resurrection because He was resurrected. Death is not the end- there is future life. The power that brought Jesus back to life is available to us to bring our spiritually dead selves back to life. The resurrection is the basis for the Church’s witness to the world. Jesus is more than just a human leader, He is the Son of God.

God gave Jesus authority over heaven and earth. On the basis of that authority, Jesus told his disciples to make more disciples as they preached, baptised, and taught. With this same authority, Jesus still commends us to tell others the Good News and make them disciples for the Kingdom of God – so called Heaven.

Emmanuel Swedenborg once said : “ Heaven is such that all who have lived well, of whatever religion have a place there”. How well do you live with people as you tell the Good News of Christ’s resurrection? Easter is the welcome we offer refugees who leave behind their home, fleeing violence, conflict and war. What is your mission and commitment now, after you have heard the story of Jesus’ resurrection?

“ He is the way, and the truth and the life”. Will you trust Him? Will you share the message of resurrection with others – beginning from your family, your church and your community”?

With God’s love, all things are possible.

With every blessing ,
Reverend Samuel Uwimana

Toilet Twinning

Thanks to the hard work of the uniformed groups below:

78th Kingswood Scout Group
13th Kingswood Rainbows
11th Kingswood Guides
Badminton Road Methodist Church Scout and Guide Group

together with donations from the congregation, all the toilets at Badminton Road Methodist Church have been twinned to provide access to clean water and a flushing toilet in some of the poorest communities in the world.

For more about the project, visit https://toilettwinning.org