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St Michaels and All Angels Church, Bodenham The Chancel, St Michaels and All Angels Church, Bodenham


Welcome Pilgrim to St Michaels and All Angels Church, Bodenham

The Lytch Gate, St Michaels and All Angels Church, Bodenham
Welcome to St Michael and All Angels' Church, Bodenham

Rector: Revd Paul Roberts 01568-797863 / rector@maundchurches.org.uk


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Mrs Vivien Moffitt 01568-797379
Mr Tom James-Moore 01568-797330


The Vicar's Monthly Message

03/05/2020

Dear Friends,

“Do not be afraid.” “Peace be with you.” These were Jesus’ first words to his disciples when he appeared to them after Easter; not “it’s me!” or “Rejoice, I’m back.” This underlines that fact that his disciples must have been afraid and I think we often over look this. We are spending a very odd 50 days of Easter this year… all those normal events and family gatherings have been suspended. We must not be afraid to acknowledge this loss, and lament those gatherings and activities that we might normally have done this Eastertide.

The message of Resurrection is that, through Jesus, all things have been made new, that death is not the end and even in the darkest times God is with us. This should be a comfort and a joy to us; but, like those frightened disciples, locked up out of fear, there is a place for lament and readjustment too in the Easter message. For those followers of Jesus fortunate enough to see that he had risen from the dead, life was never going to be same, and that wasn’t all exciting and joyful. We have a growing sense that life after this present period will not simply click back into normal. There will be positives to rejoice over in this, but there will be anxieties, worries and readjustments to be made. Jesus’s words seem as relevant today as ever: “Do not be afraid.” Writing to an anxious church in Philippi, the Apostle Paul wrote:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

May God strengthen and shield you and yours this Eastertide with his blessing,

Paul
 

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