STOCKLAND GREEN, 19TH MAY AT 11AM – FOLLOWED BY LUNCH
Do come along to Stockland Green on Sunday 28th April at 6.30pm for this gentle service of reflective praise and worship.
All are welcome – held in the Café.
Here are some photos taken by Nigel Cowgill Chair of the London District as posted on Facebook. Reposted here for those who aren’t on Facebook or who haven’t seen them
‘Father, on this most holy day, may I be filled with gratitude for the sacrifice of your Son. Amen.’
READ: Luke 23:26–46
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!
See more of David’s article on WordLive
Members of Four Oaks are meeting at the church at 10.15am where there will be
a short act of worship. Together with all the other local churches we will then walk to St James for an outdoor service of witness at 11.00am. If you feel unable to walk the distance you’re more than welcome to make your own way to St James to join us. Hot cross buns and tea will be served in the Church Hall afterwards. Please feel free to come and join us for all or part of the morning.
We hope you will then be able to join us on Easter Day 4pm for our Circuit Service of Praise.
Churches Together of Sutton Coldfield are organising an Easter “Son Rise” Service on Easter Sunday 21st April 2019 at 5.15am, to which all are invited.
Address: Wheatmoor Farm, 301 Tamworth Road, Sutton Coldfield B75 6JP.
There will be two large banners at the main gate of the farm. Parking will be available at the top of the drive by the barns. You are advised to wrap up warm and wear appropriate footwear!
Following the service, hot bacon rolls and drinks will be served in the barn.
Lent Groups around the Circuit are listed below. All are welcome.
10.30amBoldmere B73 5UB: from 13 March (except 20 March)
1.30pm Falcon Lodge B75 7ER: from 13 March (except 20 March)
1.30pm: Stockland Green B23 7JH
2pm (Guided retreat) Erdington B23 6TX from 14 March
10.30am Nechells B7 5PR from 15 March
7.30pmKingstanding B44 0TF from 15 March