Easter 2017

The truth

The whole truth

Nothing but the truth

Those words are part of the question asked to a witness in court to ensure that what they are about to say to the court is true and not fiction. At Jesus’ trial, just before his crucifixion, there wasn’t a whole lot of truth around. He was sent off to his execution on the basis of false accusations from false witnesses.

But not all the witnesses of the Easter story were false. We have four eye-witness accounts in the bible and three of those gospel writers mention another eye-witness who saw the events of Easter close-up and told the truth about what he saw.

He was a soldier, a centurion in the Roman army and an expert in crucifixion. He had probably crucified many people during his career but none quite like Jesus. What made Jesus’ death so different?

For starters, what Jesus said while he was dying was different. The two other men crucified with Jesus hurled insults and cursed but Jesus prayed for forgiveness for those who had put him there.

Then there was the extraordinary darkness that came just before the time of his death accompanied by an earthquake and other strange phenomena. The temple curtain was torn down the middle from top to bottom.

Then there was the moment of his death itself. No lingering death at the mercy of the nails and the pain. When Jesus died, it was at his own command. The gospel writer Luke records that “Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.” (Luke chapter 23 verse 46).

The centurion who saw all of this, familiar as he was with the process of crucifixion, yet saw something unique in Jesus’ death. “…When the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” (Mark chapter 15 verse 39).

What do you make of Jesus’ death? Well, none of us were there, but will you accept the testimony of eye-witnesses? The gospel writers, the centurion and many others witnessed this extraordinary death. They saw and believed that Jesus was the Son of God, the one sent by God to bear the punishment for our sin, the one we must believe in to know forgiveness and the promise of new life.

As Christians, we believe this is the truth of the Easter story and it is the greatest news the world has ever heard! It is a truth that we want to share with you this Easter time.

Why not join us for one of our Easter services this year and hear more of the Lord Jesus Christ, he who declared himself to be “the way, the truth and the life.”?

SPECIAL EASTER SERVICES:

Friday 14th April
10.00am Good Friday Service
Refreshments following

Sunday 16th April
10.30am Easter Family Service
6.00pm Easter Celebration
Refreshments following both services

St. David’s Day Cawl Lunch

To celebrate St. David’s Day, we are holding a special event, a Cawl lunch for the church and our community at 12.30pm on Wed 1st March. The lunch will be free (you will be able to leave a donation if you wish to) and all are welcome. There will be a short talk on St. David and his faith during the time together.

Why not come along and join us?

 

Harvest

We will be celebrating a Harvest Thanksgiving during our services on 2nd October at 10.30am for a family service and then meeting for a light tea at 4.45pm followed by an informal time of worship together. Why not join us in celebrating God’s goodness to us in all his good gifts?

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Coffee break

We will be restarting our coffee break time this coming Thursday (15th Sept). The church will be open from 10am until around 12pm and we would love you to feel free to drop in any time, whether you can only stay for 10 mins or come for the whole time.

There will be good coffee and tea, biscuits and cakes and it is all completely free! Why is it free? Why are we not either taking payment towards costs or donations to a charity? Because as a church, we want to give something to our local community, to provide a safe, comfortable, welcoming place where you can meet and where we can meet you. We want to be a blessing to our community and this is one way we feel we can do this.

So please, don’t be shy and come and join us!

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Christmas music evening

Many thanks to all who took part in our Christmas music evening last night! Special thanks to Trelales Primary School choir. The video we showed didn’t quite display as planned, so why not watch it again here?

And if you want to listen again to the song that Libby and Luke sang for us, you can watch it on YouTube here.

Finally, why not join us for one of our Christmas services:

Sunday 20th December, 10.30am Christmas family service
Sunday 20th December, 6.00pm Carols by Candlelight

Friday 25th December, 10.00am Christmas morning family service (kids, bring some of your presents!)

 

Site changes

We are slowly updating our website to clean it up a bit, make it easier to find information and help to make it easier for us to maintain. As a result of that, the monthly notice sheet that is circulated to members will appear on the “What’s on this month” page. This blog page will be updated with notices about special events in the church and the odd article from time to time.

Thanks for your patience as we make changes!

Jim (Pastor)