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Thought for the Day by Hazel Barclay (BH Member)
“ Suddenly Jesus met them “ Matthew 28:1-10
My reading this morning took me to Matthew Chapter 28 where Matthew gives an emotionally filled narrative of how at dawn on the Sunday after Friday’s Crucifixion of the Lord Jesus, “Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look” at His tomb (v.1).
It is easy to imagine the fear and helplessness they felt as they moved anxiously through that chilled dawn air in an agony of grief and despair at the loss of Jesus. Worried as to how they could possibly roll away the huge ton weight of the stone in front of the tomb’s entrance, worried as to how they would face the fear inspiring Roman guards.
But, they were greeted not by an impossible but by an unimaginable situation; dazzling light, the stone rolled away freeing entrance to the tomb (v.2) the guards stunned to become “like dead men” (v.4) and an angel with the news that Jesus had risen as He had told them He would (v.6).
Verse 8 says that after this news and the reminder of Jesus’ promise, they were still “afraid yet filled with joy”. And as if all that wasn’t enough, we read in verse 9 that “suddenly Jesus met them”.
When we next feel fearful, despairing and as if our world is falling apart, let’s read these verses and tell ourselves that by remembering Jesus’ promise not to leave us, although we may still feel afraid and confused , we too can be filled with joy and realise something of Jesus suddenly and perhaps unexpectedly, meeting with us.
BH Quiz - No. 4
Questions and answers.
1. When, where and to whom did James Hannington get married?
On 10th February 1877 at Holy Trinity Church, Hurstpierpoint to Blanche Hankin-Turvin
2. How many children did James Hannington and his wife have?
Three. James Edward Meopham Hannington born on 2nd December 1877, Caroline Scriven
Hannington born 26th August 1879 and Paul Travers Hannington born on 25th May 1881.
3. Can you name the five most recent venues used by KO for their weekends away?
4. To one of those venues KO needed to fly. Where did they fly to?
5. Before the current blue chairs were installed in the church, what sort of seating was there? Wooden seats linked together
6. In the Nevill Avenue entrance to the church there is a wall plaque commemorating the
refurbishment of the lounge. What is the date on that plaque?
7. On the outside wall of the church vestry there is a small built-in basin with a drain leading
outside. What is it called and what is its purpose?
It’s a piscina. Its historical use was for pouring away water used to cleanse the communion
cup and the paten (plate) after the communion service. It was installed specifically at the
request of one of the churches supporting the building of BH.
8. Where was the original site for a vicarage located?
Where Church Court now stands.
9. Why was the site sold off before the vicarage could be built?
To pay for the purchase of 82 Holmes Avenue which was already built and available as a
Coffee and Chat - a reminder
This week there will be 2 'lockdown' coffee and chat sessions on zoom that anyone can join. The next one is this this morning:
Tuesday 19 May at 10.30
with a follow up on
Thursday 21 May at 15.30
The link and passwords are the same as last week. If you are new to the chat and would like to join in please can you email Giles on email@example.com for the link and passwords.
Mental Health Awareness 2021
Please follow the link below to our Resources page for more information.
We have now restarted in church services with 8.00am, 10.00am and 6.30pm services. Numbers for the 10am & 6.30am services will still be limited and must be booked in advance via MyChurchSuite or the website. These services will still be livestreamed on YouTube which can be accessed direct via the website or via MyChurchSuite.