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May 2021

This month our letter comes from Rev Nigel Freathy

The disciples of Jesus had made great sacrifices to follow Jesus. They had left their homes and occupations and for three  years they observed from close quarters Jesus’ miracles and listened to His teaching. Then came the nightmare of His arrest, trial and execution. Had it all been a mistake?

Three days after Jesus’ crucifixion, the disciples started to see Jesus again in the flesh. They could touch Him and see Him eat. For forty days on numerous occasions they met with the risen Jesus. Following Jesus had not been a mistake after all. The love of God in Jesus had conquered death and the sin  of humanity that had put Jesus on the cross in the first place.

Then one day they went to a mountain in Galilee and met Jesus once more and there he gave them His final instructions along with the promise that He would be with them always to the very end of time. St Mark tells us that  then Jesus is taken up into heaven as does St Luke who also tells us that, despite the fact that the disciples are not going to see Jesus in bodily form again, they return to Jerusalem with great joy.

The reason that they are so joyful is that Jesus has promised them that He will be with them always and in St Luke’s account of the incident in the book of Acts Jesus specifically says, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” So they return to Jerusalem full of joy and there they await God’s promised gift.

This month we celebrate the ascension of Jesus on May 13th and the subsequent coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciples at the Jewish festival of Pentecost which this year is on May 23rd. Like the disciples we can rejoice that through His Holy Spirit Jesus is indeed with us here in East Devon empowering each one of us to carry out His mission to the world for we are His body here on earth.

April 2021

Opening

The word April is thought to be derived from the Latin word meaning ‘to open’ and it is thought that this is due to its association with the opening of flowers in springtime.  The opening of flowers is not only a thing of beauty but in most cases it is necessary for their survival as they ‘communicate’ with one another through the shedding of pollen which can be transferred by wind, water, birds, bats and especially insects, in order for seed production to occur in due course.  It is though that the close relationship between flowering plants and insects is how the abundance of colour came to our planet, probably over 200 million years ago as the first dinosaurs populated the earth. 

Whatever the history, the flush of new blooms is something to raise spirits, particularly after the long ‘winter’ of lockdown and the promise of some normality of living opening up once again in relative safety and a different sort of colour returning to our lives – a chance to reopen old relationships and activities as well as the possibility of new ones.  It is indeed the case when we open up to one another that something of the meaning of our basic humanity is realised as it is clear from modern behaviour as well as the history of the humankind that we are indeed a social species.

Easter this year falls in early April and on Easter day we celebrate a different opening – that of the tomb on Easter morning.  The open tomb is a sign that evil, death and destruction do not have the ‘last word’ but the risen Christ brings hope and promise. As we open up ourselves to the reality of the cross and resurrection then new colour can indeed flow into our lives as our relationship with a heavenly Father is renewed and his goodness and blessing can flow into our lives and, in addition, to colour the lives of others whom we know and love

Charles

The Lantern Shop re-opens

GREAT NEWS!

17th May:

We now have more volunteers (and would welcome still more) so the shop will open:
MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS and SATURDAYS from 10 until 1
and
TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS and FRIDAYS from 10 until 4

We are not taking donations at the moment.