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Easter 2021Hope Springs Eternal. Newsletter No 36 - 29th March 2021

The Cross and the Sacrificial Altar - So Great a Salvation

This is how God showed his love among us: he sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:9-12

Would it surprise you to hear that the earliest known visual depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus makes fun of it? It’s the ancient equivalent of schoolboy graffiti, but it’s significant, nonetheless. Scratched into plaster, it depicts a figure with the head of a donkey hanging on a cross, underneath which stands a man with his hand raised in reverence. Below it is a caption which reads: ‘Alexamenos worships his God.’
To be clear, the ridicule is not that Jesus died, but that he was executed as a criminal in the most shameful way possible. That was something to mock.
 
And yet, for all its apparent strangeness, the Christian faith makes no sense without the cross. The biblical writings provide a rich mosaic of images to unfold the significance of what’s really going on at the cross – as that which replays and regains what we lost in our first parents, forming a new humanity in the process; as that which brings about a release from slavery to one owner into the service of another; as the place where reconciliation between God and human beings is made, which will one day be extended to the whole cosmos; as that which enables us to be declared right with God and brought into covenant relationship with him and others; as the supreme victory over the powers of darkness and death...
And all made possible through the sacrifice of one in the place of others.
 
Apart from the explicit language here in John’s letter and elsewhere, repeated phrases such as ‘through his blood’ and ‘for our sins’ make clear the substitutionary nature of Jesus’ sin-bearing death. So, it is as Jesus heads towards the cross, he takes on the role of the servant spoken of in Isaiah, suffering and dying on behalf of others, where ‘the punishment that brought us peace was on him’ (Isaiah 53:5).
 
Crucially, all this flows from God’s love. Far from involving a cold transaction, the cross is rooted in the heart and actions of the triune God – the abounding love of the Father, the atoning death of the Son, the applying grace of the Holy Spirit.

That love is then reflected in our own lives. Christ’s death not only provides the source of our salvation but the shape of our salvation, such that our daily life ratifies our core allegiance to Jesus – as we take up our cross to follow him. Antony Billington. Theology Advisor, LICC

Church gates at Easter
Future Services

Friday 2nd April – Good Friday Service at 10.30 led by Ray Ursell (Service available on ZOOM).
Sunday 4th April – Easter Sunday Service at 10.30 led by Rob Brooks (Service in Church).
Sunday 11th April – Morning Worship at 10.30 led by Frank Pemberton (Service in Church).
Sunday 18th April – Morning Worship at 10.30 led by Sue McArthur (Service in Church)

Zoom Meeting ID: 874 0789 6194 Passcode: 427 632. Alternatively, if you receive emails you will have received one advising you to simply click on the link contained in the email for all

Church Zoom events.

Welcome Wednesday 3pm 31st March
Join us on Zoom to find out more about people's artistic talents. Glenys Baguley is showing us how she makes her beautiful greeting cards. Roger Hazeldine is talking about how he began to paint and some of the people he met and was inspired by along the way. He and family members have also developed a visual presentation of his own work of landscape painting to view.

Birthdays and Anniversaries in April
3rd April. Tim and Nicky Jordan wedding anniversary.
6th April. Rob and Gill Brooks wedding anniversary also Maureen Johnson's birthday.
13th April. Dot Speakman birthday.
14th April. Linda Weeks birthday.
16th April. Roger and Lillian Hazeldene wedding anniversary.
21st April. Pam Jones birthday.
30th April. Harry Hutchings birthday.

Growing Veg
Growing Veg

I was clearly over-optimistic about my gardening skills.
I dug up soil and planted seeds to lower grocery bills.
That all happened some months ago, when I pictured lots of veg,
growing neatly all in rows that ran from hedge to hedge.
But, after many weeks of waiting, there’s not a carrot to be seen,
not a cauliflower or cabbage, or any type of bean!
I must have mixed up all the seeds. It’s a flaw my garden exposes.
As nothing is coming up vegetables and everything’s coming up roses.

Does this sound familiar? My hostas and roses were gorgeous this year – best ever! Must be all the sunshine.
If you have had more luck than me with courgettes here is a recipe that is quick and easy for a light lunch or supper.

Follow the recipe
Sweetcorn and Courgette Fritters (serves four)
1 tbsp veg oil
198g can sweetcorn drained
2 spring onions chopped (or red or white onion to taste)
50g courgette grated
1 tsp smoked paprika
50g Self Raising Flour
1 egg beaten
40 ml milk
To serve
4 tsp sweet chilli sauce, juice 1 lime
mixed salad leaves.

1.Mix sweetcorn, spring onions, courgette, paprika, flour, beaten egg, milk and seasoning in large bowl and set aside.
2.Mix chilli sauce and lime and set aside.
3.Heat oil in a large pan and spoon in four burger sized mounds of fritter mix, cook until golden and turn over.
4.Serve with chilli sauce and mixed salad leaves.

Paradise Slice from Helen? Pat's Cornish Pasty Traybake?
Both sound mouth-watering! Just two of the recipes already received for the church cookbook. Thank you to those who have already contributed. It would be great if everyone could give one or two recipes to make this successful and contribute a bit to church funds by buying copies. Send a recipe you use and know works, it doesn't need to be anything fancy. Just email, write or phone, whatever's easiest!

Easter Poem
Good Friday by Enid Hart

A Cross, outlined against the sky.
Here a Man was going to die.
What had He done to suffer this hate?
Was He a thief, and deserved this fate?


His followers stare in disbelief.
They know for sure He was no thief.
He did good, cured ills of every kind.
He healed the sick, the lame the blind.
"Why then”, they said, "Must this man die?”
As the great wooden Cross was lifted high?

This was the price that had to be paid.
For all the sin the World has made.
So to bring us back to His Father God.
Jesus suffered this Calvary road.
Let us remember at Eastertide.
The Son of God, and why He died.