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Seeking to make St Anne's a home to invite everyone into!

At St Anne’s, as a congregation, we have a vision that rejoices in the inheritance of faith we have in Jesus Christ, building on the past and looking to the future so we can pass on to future generations the love of Jesus.

As a result of some hard thinking and work in the PCC we have added to this vision as part of the ‘Transforming Church’ initiative in the diocese and have adopted the following:-


‘St Anne’s is seeking to be a home to invite everyone into.


As a part of Christ’s church, we seek to respond to God’s Holy Spirit’s prompting and guiding to share Jesus love in our community.  This Love we try to work out in prayer and action in our own lives and in the life of this parish as a worshipping community of Christians.

As a result at St Anne’s we seek to:

       gifts God has given each of us.



 

 BUT, WHAT IF …


Our Easter pilgrimage begins with Christ’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, which we remember on Palm Sunday.  Of course, Jesus knew the frailty of human nature and the fickleness of the crowds and where it would all end.  On Maundy Thursday we see again how he shrank from the impending horror that was soon to take place.  Being the son of man, he dreaded the vile method of Roman execution on a cross, but being truly the Son of God without sin, the thought of having to bear the sin of the whole world brought even greater revulsion to Him.  This is what the hymn writer calls the ‘double agony’  We hear again his words, “Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me.  Nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done.” SUCH OBEDIENCE, SUCH LOVE …


Good Friday brings to our minds the travesty of a trial, the savage scourging that tore the flesh from his back, the torn flesh and sinews as the rough wooden nails were driven home by brutal Roman soldiers, who, after they had performed their savage task, nonchalantly gambled for his seamless robe.  Even in his extreme agony, Jesus prayed that they might be forgiven. SUCH FORGIVENESS, SUCH LOVE.


Then the eerie darkness replacing the bright afternoon sunshine for three hours, his anguished cry, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?”as God could not look upon such sin.  Then, the sacrifice completed and accepted, he cried, “It is finished,”and gave up his spirit.  Here was the most important event the world had ever seen, but there was more to come!


Resurrection morning, the day we celebrate with joy abounding. The same almighty God who raised Jesus from the dead will also raise all those who truly repent and receive Christ as Saviour, at the last day.  But, what if …there is no resurrection, as some argued with Paul.  1 Cor. 15 v 12:  “Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that, there is no resurrection of the dead?” Paul replies, v14 – 20, “And if Christ be not risen then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ; whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.  For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised; and if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.  If, in this life only, we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.  But, now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept.”


Paul knew that Christ had risen because he met Jesus personally on the road to Damascus.  Many reading these notes can also testify to a life-changing encounter with the risen Lord.  If you have never met him, there is no better time than now to surrender your life to him.  This is the day of the empty tomb.  “e is not here, He is risen.” Death has been defeated.  Because He lives, we too shall live and reign with Him for evermore.  Therefore let us praise Him with heart and soul and voice.  “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.” SUCH POWER, SUCH LOVE …