Monthly Archives: April 2019

At The Cross

‘Father, on this most holy day, may I be filled with gratitude for the sacrifice of your Son. Amen.’

READ: Luke 23:26–46

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Vivid picture
Holy Week is a time for quiet reflection. But there was no quiet reflection on the first Good Friday. Luke paints a vivid picture: Simon carrying the cross, a group of wailing women, sneering leaders, mocking soldiers, two criminals in agonising pain, and the watching crowds. It was all so noisy, so violent, so public.

Prayer and promise
And Jesus lifted up. ‘… they crucified him there’ (v 33). Four simple words that mark the pivot of human history. And from the parched lips of Jesus, two ‘words’. The first a prayer, the second a promise. Jesus prays that those who are rejecting him may be forgiven. This Good Friday, come again to the cross and know that you are forgiven, whatever you may have done, or not done! And then the promise to the dying thief from the King himself: immediate entrance into the kingdom. This Good Friday come again to the cross and know that you are granted eternal life, which begins now and never ends.

Power and wonder
As Jesus dies, the sun stops shining (v 45). But then the Temple curtain is torn in two, and the darkness of the world is flooded with divine light (John 1:5). Oh, the power and wonder of the cross. Good Friday indeed! 

David Bracewell

See more of David’s article on WordLive

Listen to Townend/Getty’s ‘Oh To See The Dawn’ (The Power Of The Cross)

Safeguarding Training – Advanced Course

Dear Friends,

Below are the dates and venues of the future planned Advanced Courses in the District.

The list of those who need to attend this Advanced course is here.

Advanced Course at Erdington MC on Tuesday 21st May 2019 ( limited spaces available)

Advanced Course at Blackheath Central MC on Saturday 22nd June 2019 , 10-3pm

Advanced Course at Solihull MC on Tuesday 10th September 2019,  10-3pm

Advanced Course at Ross-on-Wye on Saturday 16th November 2019 , 10-3pm

Advanced Course at Kenilworth MC on Saturday 8th Feb 2020, 10-3pm ( please note the change of date as previously advertised)

All places need to be booked on by emailing me on
birminghamsafeguarding [AT] birminghammethodist.org.uk

Kind regards

Sue Holder

District Safeguarding Officer, Birmingham Methodist District

SEE ALSO OUR CIRCUIT SAFEGUARDING PAGE

Organ Recitals in Four Oaks and Streetly

News of upcoming Organ Recitals by Angela Sones, Richard Hartshorn and Cathy Lamb.

All Saints’ Parish Church, Four Oaks

1pm on the 3rd Saturday of the month – see POSTER for Programme

Coffee Concert at All Saints’, Streetly

10:30am on Saturday 11th May – See POSTER for details

Angela Sones Jubilee Concert

7:30pm on Saturday 15th June, in celebration of 25 years as Organist and Director of Music at All Saints’ Parish Church, Four Oaks. See POSTER.