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Make Holy Week Count

There are two scripture verses that always come to mind when I think about holy week and Easter.

“For Christ died for sins once and for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God”  1 Peter 3 v 18

“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, Descended from David. This is my gospel” 2 Timothy 2 v 8

Holy week is a time where we give thanks and marvel at the sacrifice that Jesus made for you and me.

It is amazing to think that by Jesus laying down his life, we can come into the very presence of God himself.

It is also a time when we remember. Remember Jesus' Sacrifice yes, but also remember that we worship a risen Saviour –for Jesus came back to life to demonstrate that he had conquered sin and death for all time. No wonder the disciples were changed and transformed!

Here at St Stephen's there are plenty of opportunities over seven days to remember the events surrounding the passion of our lord. We are also catering for our different ways of worshipping.

On Palm Sunday our young people will lead us as we begin the journey reflecting on the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem and was proclaimed as King. In the evening our musicians will lead us in a reflective and contemplative service of Taize.

In the mornings we have opportunity to listen to the story unfold and begin our day in prayer with Morning Prayer at 9 am in church on the Monday to Wednesday of Holy week.

On Maundy Thursday at 6pm, as we remember Jesus' final night with his disciples and the last supper, we meet in fellowship to share a meal and enjoy informal agape communion with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

On Good Friday we share in All Age worship at 9 am as we come to church to remember the day when Jesus died and hung on the cross on our behalf.

We pause over Easter Saturday and then return to church on Easter Sunday to celebrate our Saviour bursting forth from the tomb – with a traditional communion service at 7.30am and a Family Style celebration with Holy Communion at 10am.

We believe as Christians that the events of the first Easter changed the course of human history. The death and resurrection of Jesus has changed the landscape forever. Holy week is a drama that we can either spectate from the side-lines or engage with spiritually, morally, emotionally and physically. This Easter I encourage you to engage with all that is on offer and make holy week count.

Easter Blessings

 Mike