May 19: Pentecost/Whit Sunday – the birthday of the Church
Pentecost took place on the well-established Jewish festival of
A feast day to celebrate the country’s wheat harvest does not
And so the apostles and disciples waited in Jerusalem, praying
That morning the Holy Spirit came to indwell the apostles and
Peter gave the first ever sermon of the Christian church that
How’s that for fast church growth!
May 9th: Ascension Day – 40 Days with the Risen Christ
Forty days after Easter comes Ascension Day. During those forty days
the Risen Christ appeared again and again to his disciples, following
his death and resurrection.
The Gospels give us little of Christ’s teachings and deeds during that
time. Jesus was seen by numerous disciples: on the road to Emmaus,
by the Sea of Galilee, and in houses. He strengthened and
encouraged his disciples, and at last opened their eyes to all that the
Scriptures had promised about the Messiah. Jesus also told them that
as the Father had sent him, he was now going to send them – to all
corners of the earth, as his witnesses.
Surely the most tender, moving ‘farewell’ in history took place on
Ascension Day. Luke records the story with great poignancy: “When
Jesus had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his
hands – and blessed them.”
As Christmas began the story of Jesus’ life on earth, so Ascension Day
completes it, with his return to his Father in heaven. Jesus’ last act on
earth was to bless his disciples. He and they had a bond as close as
could be: they had just lived through three tumultuous years of public
ministry and miracles – persecution and death – and resurrection! Just
as we part from our nearest and dearest by still looking at them with
love and memories in our eyes, so exactly did Jesus: “While he was
blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.” (Luke
24:50-1) He was not forsaking them, but merely going on ahead to a
kingdom which would also be theirs one day: “I am ascending to my
Father and to your Father, to my God and your God…” (John 20:17)
There will be a service in St. Margaret’s on Thursday 9th May at 7.30pm.
|“She speaks wise words and teaches others to be kind. She watches over her family never wastes her time. Her children speak well of her. Her husband also praises her, saying, “There are many fine women, but you are better than all of them”. Charm can fool you, and beauty can trick you, but a woman who respects the Lord should be praised.” (Proverbs 31. 26-30 NCV)
At our Mothering Sunday Family Service today Rev. Melanie gave a talk about the different words to describe mothers and everyone received a small bunch of daffodils to give to Mum.
The Mother’s Union had made these and also welcomed four new members into the M.U.
Click here for pictures from the service.
Not the usual outfit for the verger, but if you are Dame Doris Dumpling in the annual pantomime at the Rainham Theatrical Society then one must look the part..
For Peter however it is nothing unusual as he has been a regular part of the cast in many of the RaTs productions and has played Dame several times before.
If you have not yet seen this year’s pantomime you have just time to do so as it is on for another week – details at http://www.oasthousetheatre.co.uk
|Peter as we usually see him.|
|Work took place over two weeks to repair the platform under the block of pews on the north side of the church, facing the Lady Chapel. The pews were removed so that the platform on which they are supported could be repaired with new cross supports.
This was because the existing ones had substantially rotted away. Now the new supports have been fitted the pews have been replaced.
You can see pictures of the work here