Letter from Fr Richard April 2019
A Happy Easter to you all!
Easter Sunday comes at the end of this month. It is the main festival of the Christian Year when we remember Jesus rising from the dead.
For some people the empty tomb is a challenge. They cannot accept that Jesus who died and was buried, then rose from the dead three days later. But, for the Christian it the central tenet of our faith: that death is not the end but a new beginning for us all.
Have you ever heard that phrase ‘elevator pitch’? It is an American phrase but suggests that it is possible to make a short persuasive argument that says all you want it to say in 20 to 30 seconds – the time it takes for a ride in a lift.
It made me wonder what my elevator pitch would be for Christian Faith. It might go something like this.
- God created all humankind to be loved,
- But we behave badly so he gives us rules.
- We break the rules and separate ourselves from God.
- So God sent his Son Jesus to show us how to live.
- Those who did not accept him killed him,
- But after three days he rose from the dead.
- Jesus shows that we cannot be separated from God’s love.
Which takes about 25 seconds to say but a lifetime to live out.
In the days leading up to Easter Day we shall be telling again the story of Easter, from Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, Then the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, The Trial and Crucifixion on Good Friday, The return of light on Easter Eve and the great celebration of Easter on Easter morning.
If you have not been to church for a while then this is an important time to re-connect with your faith. It is a time to make that journey from solemnity to joy. A time to engage with the Christian faith a new.
The Easter Acclamation says it all:
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia
In these words we shall proclaim the message of Easter – come and proclaim it too.
With every Blessing
SERVICES FOR HOLY WEEK And EASTER
Palm Sunday 14th April Liturgy of the Palms Burghwallis 9.00am
Monday 15th Chrism Eucharist Cathedral 7.00pm
Tuesday 16th Stations of the Cross Campsall 7.00pm
Wednesday 17th Stations of the Cross Burghwallis 7.00pm
Maundy Thursday 18th Holy Communion Campsall 7.00pm
Good Friday 19th Three Hours at the cross Burghwallis 12.00am
Easter Eve 20th Coffee Morning Campsall 10.00am
Easter Service Laurels 2.00pm
Vigil Service Owston 8.00pm
Easter Day 21st Sunrise Service Burghwallis 8.30am
Holy Communion Burghwallis 9.00am
Holy Communion Campsall 11.00am
Mar 8th Thomas Edwin Brown
Mar 11th Rose Buffin
Mar 13th Susan Bernadette Bracha
Mar 18th Elizabeth Page
Usual Pattern of Sunday Services
in the Benefice
St Mary Magdalene, Campsall
11.00 Holy Communion
First Sunday in the Month 11.00 Family Service
9.00 Holy Communion
First Sunday in the Month 8.00 Holy Communion
To contact the Churchwardens:
Shirley Gill 1 Burghwallis Lane, Sutton tel: 700057
Colin Bowes 11 Burghwallis Lane, Sutton tel: 702779
Jenny Lister 101 Campsall Park Road, Campsall. tel: 702552
Alan Troop, 1 Woodgarth Court, Campsall. tel: 707544
The Revd Dr Richard Walton will be in church every Thursday evening between 6pm and 7pm to discuss arrangements for baptisms and weddings.
To contact the Clergy:
Revd Dr Richard Walton
Priest in Charge, Burghwallis and Campsall
The Rectory, Village Street, Adwick le Street, DN6 7AD
Tel: 01302 723224
Revd Chris Herbert
Curate, Burghwallis and Campsall
4 Highfield Villas, High Street, Norton, Doncaster DN6 9HP