Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

Happy Easter everyone. Our thanks to Marva Fuller, Sara Leefe and Joy Smith for decorating the Church with Easter flowers – which coincides with a return to Church today.

I am sorry to report that Dudley Reyner died earlier this week at home with Betty beside him.  We remember Betty and the family in our prayers.  May Dudley rest in peace and rise in glory.

Easter this year will be a subdued affair, falling so close to the national anniversary of those we remember who have died from Covid-19 since that first lockdown. We can’t sing congregational hymns and our return to Church won’t be with a celebration of communion. So we have to continue to dig deep. One way in which we can do this is to reflect on what keeps us steady, and to reflect on happier Easters in years past.

I have invited members of the St Giles’s communications team, Jenni and Gill and Sarah, and my wife Helen to share their experiences of a memorable Easter. As you listen to their stories I trust it might inspire memories for you that bring resurrection hope and joy.

An Easter Collect

God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ.   Amen.

Easter Day 4 April