An Easter Message from Simon
The new vicar, the Reverend Simon Gowler will be joining us soon after Easter, but he has kindly shared this Lenten message with us:
Looking through Lent towards the joy of Easter
Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now. (John 2 :9)
As I write this note, Lent is quickly approaching. The season of purple, when we reflect upon Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness and the Devil’s temptations. As is customary we often make a short list of the things we will deny ourselves so that at least in some small way we can reflect on how Jesus turned his back on the Devil. We are also encouraged to spend more time in study and prayer.
In many ways as the first lockdown in March 2020 occurred in Lent, there has been a feeling that we have been in one long penitential season since then, particularly as we were not able to celebrate Easter in church in the normal manner. As Christians I believe we can use Lent this year to help us knuckle down (in prayer and study) and we should pray for ourselves and others as we gently ease out of a strict lockdown into a new way of life, with some restrictions for some time to come.
It is because of the darkness we have been going through that I invite you to look ahead to the joys of Easter, which I hope and pray can be enjoyed in a greater way than last year.
We now have the hope that science has provided us with the vaccine and we also have the hope that God has provided through his Son Jesus Christ. We can look to Easter, when as God’s adoptive children we can walk with Jesus in his risen life.
I have referred above to John’s Gospel, the changing of water into wine, which was Jesus’ first sign or miracle at the wedding in Cana, as it is not only a sign of transformation but also a sign of new beginnings.
My wife, Liz and I are both excited and overjoyed as we look forward to joining you for our new beginning in the Combined Parish of Holy Trinity Rainow with Saltersford and Forest. Unfortunately, I will not be in post in time to share Easter Sunday with you, but I hope to be with you before the conclusion of the Easter Season, and you can be assured of our prayers at this time.
Yours in Christ,