Vicar’s Letter Easter 2016

You never know what’s round the corner”,

not a quote from the bible just a statement which we know is true.

That was the experience of everyone living through the first Easter – from the Pharisees who hoped their troubles were over as Jesus’ body was buried – to the Roman soldiers guarding the tomb, never expecting they would still be talked about 2,000 years after their own deaths – to the disciples who moved from devastation to confusion then to delight in the space of a few days.

But Jesus’ resurrection was not the end of the disciples’ problems.  Not everything became straight forward and easy for them. Life remained as unpredictable and at times risky, perhaps even more dangerous than it had been before.

What changes at the resurrection for the disciples is their confidence in Jesus – not the miracle working parts – but the sense of realising that they had been in the presence of someone so special.  And therefore that what he had been teaching was not just a good idea but THE way to live – the life of love and forgiveness, for them and for everyone.

And so they followed in Jesus’ footsteps – trusting when things were difficult – getting things wrong (read the Book of Acts to see how) and somehow coping when life was hellish.

I don’t know what lies around the corner for me, or you or for the world? But, I do know I would rather face whatever it is in the company of the risen Christ and follow in his footsteps which is, of course, Jesus’ invitation is to us all.

Yours Peter

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All Saints Madeley Website: History & Events On-line:

www.allsaints-madeley.org.uk

All Saints’ is a friendly and welcoming church in the village of Madeley, six miles from Newcastle under-Lyme. We are a lively community of all ages and backgrounds, and we are passionate about the message of Jesus.
Whether you are just searching or you have been a Christian for years, we want to help you to grow in your relationship with the Lord. If you are a family with children, we have lots of activities for all ages – and we think the sound of young (and very young) children in our church is a sign of life.

We enjoy our worship, love to hear what God says to us in the Bible, and long to share our faith with anyone who will listen. So after your virtual tour, why not come for a ‘real’ experience. We’d like to meet you.

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Madeley & District Community Association Cafe

Every Wednesday.
10am to 1pm
Methodist Chapel, Poolside
also
for help with medical transport
phone Debbie on 751164

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Madeley Parish Magazine

Individual copies are 35p – a year’s subscription is £3.50 – copies are always available at the church – if you would like a copy delivered to your home, please phone Liz Walklett on 01782-750145.

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