St. Bartholomew’s Kirby Muxloe
Dear friends – April is an auspicious month for Lantern and Lantern readers this year, as we mark 35 years of continuous content and communication within the village and local area. Sadly shortly before Christmas we said our farewells to founder editor David Fox, but another founder, Janet Carpenter is still beavering away at each month’s issue. Let me say a big ‘Thank-you’ to her, and to all who with her source and write the content and put it together, along with the small army of deliverers who get it through your doors come rain or shine! The Church Council is supporting a party for all involved during May to express our appreciation… The week beginning April 14th is called Holy Week in the church calendar, and during it we read and hear again the stories of the last week of Jesus’ life. Beginning with Palm Sunday we see Jesus welcomed by the crowds as they gathered in vast numbers to celebrate the Jewish festival of the Passover. Swiftly things then move to the climax of the Last Supper on the Thursday evening and so to the events of the crucifixion on Good Friday. Jesus, who has lived an exemplary life, filled with powerful teaching and miraculous healing, is betrayed, arrested, mocked, tried by a hastily convened and irregular overnight sitting of the religious courts, whipped and beaten - and after Pilate refuses him justice is nailed to a cross by 9.00 on the Friday morning. It takes him six hours to die.
Why then do we call the day ‘GOOD Friday?’ I like the fact that the unusual title makes us think. If we look at the day and simply see its events, then it was the worst of days – Bad Friday, but if we look deeper and recall that Jesus walked into this day with his eyes open, deliberately, and with the prayer, ‘if it is possible, let this cup pass from me – yet not my will but yours be done’, then we see purpose. But I need frequent reflection and reminder of this core element of our faith, and so I commend Friday 19th April as a great opportunity to sit, consider and recollect – amidst all the heartache and evil of our world, God has acted. God has responded. God has answered. During the morning we are giving out free Hot Cross Buns in the village, then at 2.00pm there’s a Churches Together reflective service at St Andrew’s LFE, and at 6.00pm at St Martin’s Desford, we have a service using hymns, choral pieces, film extracts, prayers and more as we choose not to jump from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday without engaging with this key piece of the story. I hope to see you at some of these! Happy Easter! Tom