newsletter building God’s house through Christ Church and St George’s — Stamford April 2011 Happy Easter
As we all make our Easter preparations which may or may not include chocolate eggs, let me remind you of ‘The Real Easter Egg’ available from Morrisons and Waitrose which is the only Easter egg to explain the real meaning of Easter on the box with links to relevant websites. This could be used as a good conversation starter over the Easter weekend or provide a friend with some real food for thought.
The Bible is sometimes likened to food, it is sweeter than honey, points to Jesus the bread of life and is part of our daily diet as we do not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
It was a great joy to hand out Beginners Bibles to the children in the reception class at St George’s school on the 30th
March and to see
their excitement at handling their own special book with their own name inside. They loved handling them and looking at the beautiful pictures of Bible stories. They came up to me after the special assembly to
which reception parents were invited and said that they were going to put them besides their beds so that they could read them each night with their parents. Thank you very much to all who have given to that Bible fund for St George’s school which made this present gift of twenty nine Beginners Bibles possible. Please pray for the seed of God’s word to find good soil in these young lives and also in the parents as well.
New Karamojong Bible
God’s word is for eve ryone ! As we celebrate 400 years of the Bible in English and have access to say many translations and age related versions please especially remember the work of the Bible Society in Uganda this month as they launch the whole Bible in Karamojong for the very first time. This will be a wonderful resource to the church and Chr i s t ians in Karamoja. Remember the church at St John’s as they will be celebrating and promoting the Bible locally over the months ahead.
There is real power in God’s word. This last week we sadly had the funeral of Gillian Whittle (Jenny Parry’s sister) in Church and many friends gathered to give thanks for her life. Gillian had
been ill with cancer of the white blood cells which meant that she suffered hugely with her skin fal l ing away and subsequent infections. It was a very difficult time for the whole family particularly in her last months.
Dr Laura Imeson who had cared for Gillian at Thorpe Hall forwarded me the words of Job 19:25-27 who had also suffered hugely with skin disease in the Old Testament and are so well known to us through Handel’s Messiah.
‘ I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he
will stand on the earth. and after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see
God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I,
and not another. How my heart yearns
within me! ‘
Job in the Old Testament had the Christian hope of the resurrection and a redeemer which helped him to face up to his present suffering. His heart yearned for the time when he would see his redeemer with renewed flesh.
Brothers and sisters, we share the same future hope and let this Easter be a time of real celebrat ion as we remember the real meaning of the events that we call Easter and as we feed not on chocolate but on God’s very words.
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Page 4—6 Prayer Diary from Iriiri
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