Walking with Jesus towards the cross

As we move towards the end of Lent we get closer to Easter and walk with Jesus through the last few days of his life as he journeyed to the cross and then the empty grave.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12: 2+3

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. 1 John 3:16

True and humble king,
hailed by the crowd as Messiah:
grant us the faith to know you and love you,
that we may be found beside you
on the way of the cross,
which is the path of glory.

Alternative Collect for Palm Sunday and Holy Week.

Ponder: Take some time this week to reflect on your journey through Lent.

You might like to read Psalm 139 again. What has god been showing you as you reflect and invite God to examine your life?

What have you tried this Lent, have any practices stuck?
Have you formed any habits?

What are you most grateful for right now, and what are you least grateful for? What can you learn from these things?

Is there anything from this journey you want to take with you past Easter and into the summer?

Celebrate

We’ve got lots going on in Holy Week (the next few days from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday). Come and join in as we celebrate and mark this week.

On Palm Sunday we’ll be worshipping at 9am Communion and 11am Central Gathering.

There will be prayer stations to help you creatively engage with the Easter story set up in the Kairos room. The room will be open Tuesday and Wednesday 10-4pm.

On Tuesday there will be Easter Family Fun for all ages from 10-11:30am in the Hall

On Wednesday there’ll be prayer for justice, and especially IJM, in the Kairos room at 7:30pm.

Join in 24 hours of prayer from Maundy Thursday. Sign up for an hour or more at: bit.ly/kairosprayerroom. There’ll be a simple communion service at 6pm on Maundy Thursday in this room.

On Good Friday we will gather, with Christians across the town, for an outdoor service on Good Friday, 11am at the War Memorial.
There will also be an hours reflective service in the Kairos Room at 3pm.

On Easter Sunday we’ll celebrate with others in Kairos at 10am.

I’d love to invite you to join with us at these things as we pray, worship and celebrate together.
I’d also like to encourage you to consider who you could invite to come with you.