Parish Magazines
 
Each month the Priest-in-charge writes a letter for the parish magazines. It is reproduced below. Previous letters are available on the Archive page.

Revd Scott Watts is the Team Vicar serving the parishes of Aston-sub-Edge, Dorsington, Honeybourne, Pebworth, Weston-sub-Edge and Willersey. Scott writes,

NEW LIFE, NEW HOPE

It all seemed so hopeless on Good Friday. The Saviour promised by God had been crucified and was dead. So many hopes and dreams were shattered and lay in ruins. The disciples were bewildered and confused by what had happened. How could this possibly be part of God’s plan to reconcile the whole of creation to Himself?

Christ’s death, which is as significant and effective today as it was 2,000 years ago, and which will still be just as significant and effective in 2,000 years time, was necessary because sin had driven a wedge between our relationship with the God who created us in His image and who longs to be in a relationship with each one of us. On the cross, all our sin – past, present and future – was put to death with Jesus and we have been forgiven.

And then this happened. Mary Magdalene arrived at the tomb where Christ’s body had been buried, only to find it empty. St John writes,

Mary Magdalene stood crying outside the tomb. She was still weeping, when she stooped down and saw two angels inside. The angels asked Mary, "Why are you crying?” She answered, "They have taken away my Lord’s body! I don’t know where they have put him.” As soon as Mary said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. But she did not know who he was.Jesus asked her, "Why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” She thought he was the gardener and said, "Sir, if you have taken his body away, please tell me, so I can go and get him.” Then Jesus said to her, "Mary!” She turned and said to him, "Rabboni.” The Aramaic word "Rabboni” means "Teacher.”’ (CEV)

The story of our salvation doesn’t end with death. On what we now celebrate as Easter Day, Christians believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. In doing so, he destroyed eternal death and gave the whole of God’s creation the opportunity to revel instead in eternal life. Those who believe, no matter how falteringly, have hope – hope for the here and now, and hope for eternity. This doesn’t mean that we won’t go through difficult times. It doesn’t mean that won’t know pain and suffering. It doesn’t even mean that we’ll escape physical death. What it does mean is that death, when it comes, is not the end of our journey, but, rather, the beginning of a new one in God’s presence forever.

I pray that this Easter, amongst family gatherings and enjoying lots of Easter eggs, you will find time to draw real hope from the Easter story. Across the six parishes that I am privileged to care for, you will find services in our churches to help you do just that. We’d love you to join us, but, even if you don’t want to, or aren’t able to, may you know and experience the hope that Jesus Christ offers. There’s nothing like it, and nothing so certain, this side of heaven.

A very happy Easter to you all.

With love,

Scott

Rev Scott Watts

Team Vicar



 



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