Thought of the Month
Easter Day is the same day, this year, as April Fools' day. I wonder if the first disciples hearing the news that Jesus was risen from the dead thought they were being fooled? It could have been a very cruel joke. Thomas obviously thought the news was 'false' news - I won't believe until I put my hand in his side or touch the nail marks.
Even today the simple story of the resurrection seems hard to believe. Yet the resurrection remains the very centre and key of Christian faith. I find it fascinating to reflect on the story of the resurrection told in John's gospel. There are three people who we are told look or go into the tomb. There is Mary, she went and saw what was there - the facts or the evidence, if there were CCTV cameras she would see what they saw, that the tomb was empty. Mary saw, Mary noticed that the tomb was empty that there was a resurrection.
The second person to enter was Peter. He entered the tomb and he saw and the word to see in this context means he saw and he wondered what was going on. He saw the same things that Mary saw, the grave clothes folded and some laid to one side. He wondered why, why things were the way they were, he wondered what was going on, he may even have wondered where Jesus might be. Peter saw, Peter wondered, and he thought about the resurrection.
The third person to enter was John. John ran into the tomb and he saw. What John saw was the same as Mary and Peter, but his seeing was different again; for John it was the 'penny dropping moment' - he saw and believed. He remembered the teaching of Jesus that had talked about his needing to die and be raised. His moment of seeing, with dawning understanding and comprehension made his seeing the gift of faith. He didn't just notice the empty tomb, he didn't just wonder what was going on; he knew and believed that Jesus was risen, as he said he would and John's whole life was transformed. John saw, John believed and found faith.
We have the wonder and privilege of having all these people to learn from. We can see the empty tomb, we can wonder at what it means, and we can experience faith for ourselves. After all that is what Easter is all about. It is a powerful story, but it is also God's chosen way of renewing and redeeming this world he has made. It is our invitation to discover faith for ourselves as we believe and meet with the risen Jesus.
We are situated by the crossroads right at the heart of Stotfold. We extend a warm welcome to everyone, whether local residents or those 'just passing through'.
The present building was built in 1869 and still serves the local community.
Our Sunday morning services usually take place at 10am, although a couple in the month start at 9.30am. Check on the 'Sunday Worship' page to make sure.
One of our monthly services is based around the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
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This Month's Quote
For as by a man came death, by a man has come the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive.
1 Corinthians 15:21-22