St Mary Magdalene †
St Bartholomew †
St Alban †
Sunday 13th April 2014
Easter Message 2014
There aren’t many of us that get through life without some sort of disappointment. For the pessimists among us this is no surprise! They always knew life was too good to be true. For the realists it is business as usual. But even for the optimists there is a veiled disappointment. Rewards aren’t always as rewarding as we hoped; and in the end the grave waits patiently for everyone.
The disciples of Jesus also knew a great deal about disappointment. At times they’d let themselves down, and worse, at times they’d let Jesus down. Not enough faith to heal, not able to see Jesus clearly, not even able to stay awake when he asked them. They competitively jostle for position. Optimists like Peter and pessimists like Thomas, their failures are accentuated. They both end up doubting and denying. But on the day Jesus is executed, this disappointment takes on a new dimension. This motley crew of disciples, fragmented and broken, watch as life drains from Jesus’ pain wracked body. Would there ever be a day of such total despair again? All hope collapses into the abyss. Hoping itself is hopeless. Even the faithful women who had followed Jesus from Galilee, stand at a distance watching these things, and in abject horror reflect the anguished face of disappointment.
But this is not the end. From the gut-churning agony of watching a loved one die, overwhelming joy emerges. The unthinkable happens. In the midst of pain, darkness and death the miracle of resurrected life breaks forth. The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the sign of God’s power to break into all disappointment, all failure, all human sinfulness and all wrongdoing. It is the world’s greatest story of redemption. It is the remedy for disappointment and the source of hopefulness.
We need this redemption today. We need it in our personal lives. We need it in our families. We need it in our management of the world’s resources.
We need it in our political priorities. There is so much sadness, regret, anguish and despair about. Many of us have stopped believing things could be better. We simply try to salvage some hope for ourselves, and disregard the needs of our neighbour. God can redeem this. God can speak into our disappointment. God can raise things up. The resurrection of Jesus is not just one incredible isolated event in history it’s the way of making sense of life today. It is a new way of looking at everything. Through the cross and resurrection there is an ever present, ever available new beginning; hope offered to every human life and to every entrenched hope-less situation. He is risen from the dead! That is the great cry of Easter joy. It is also the great hope for the world.
Happy Easter! +Stephen Cottrell Bishop of Chelmsford
In Our Prayers
Our Mission: +Stephen and +David our bishops, our clergy and our mission to
East Ham; Health & Exercise: St Bart’s Surgery; Slimming World; Weightwatchers; Karate; Wing Chun Kung Fu; Smovey; Zumba
The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh, John, William Owen, Lucy Owen & Patricia Wells,
Those who have died: Lillian Martin, Beryl Crone & Eileen Chesney. May they rest in peace & rise in glory.
Readings for 13th April 2014 PALM SUNDAY
Matthew 26: 14-27:66
Readings for 20th April 2014
Jeremiah 31: 1-6 Acts 10: 34-43
St Mary’s Birthday’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY to
Quintin Peppiatt, Emelia Frimpong, Lesley Scawthorn & Michael Weeks
First Communion rehearsal will take place after the service
at St Bart’s this morning.
CHURCH CLEANING AND DECORATING ON HOLY SATURDAY.
We will be preparing St Mary’s for Easter on Saturday
19th April from 10.00am. As a bribe Hot cross buns and tea/coffee will be served ….. Please come along and help.
SCHOOL VISITS to St Mary’s It was great to see more children visiting St Mary’s last week. There is one more school due to visit:-
Drew Primary on 22nd and 30th April.
Eucharist at Manor Farm on Maundy Thursday at 3pm
ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
The Annual church meeting will be held after a Joint service at St Mary’s
on Sunday 27th April. We will be electing churchwardens,and members
of the parish and district councils. If you would like to be involved in the life of our churches in any of these ways, please make sure your name is added
(with a proposer and seconder) to the sheets at the back of our churches.
If you are interested, but not sure what is involved, do speak to one of the clergy or current wardens.
Deanery Synod Elections 2014
Are you interested in representing the Parish at Newham Deanery Synod Meetings? There are 4 evening meetings per year held at various Churches in the Deanery from 7.30 – 9.30pm.
Please sign up if you are interested in standing.
To all those who produce reports for the APCM – could you please
get them to the office as soon as possible – thank you.
TWO GREAT CAFE EVENTS These two events are for the WHOLE parish. And they promise to be excellent. ST GEORGE'S DAY 23rd April Lunch at Bart's Café 1.00pm Tickets available now price £7.00. WEDNESDAY 30th April 7pm ME AND MY MUSIC With special guest: CANON ANN EASTER Time 7.00pm. tickets available soon
Admission to both events by ticket only.
The café will be closed Good Friday & Easter Monday re-opening on Wednesday 23rd April due to the kitchen deep clean taking place on Tuesday 22nd.
HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES 2014
MONDAY PLACES OF THE PASSION: St Peter in Gallicantu
14th April 8.00pm Eucharist with reflection at St Bartholomew
TUESDAY PLACES OF THE PASSION: Caiaphas House
15th April 8.00pm Eucharist with reflection at St Bartholomew
WEDNESDAY PLACES OF THE PASSION: Gethsemane
16th April 6.30pm Eucharist with reflection at St Mary Magdalene
MAUNDY THURSDAY PLACES OF THE PASSION: Jerusalem’s Upper Room
17th April 12.30pm Eucharist at St Bartholomew
8.00pm Eucharist with washing of feet and vigil at St Mary Magdalene
18th April 11.15am Procession of the cross from St Bartholomew
11.30am E6 open air service, Myrtle Road (outside Sainsbury’s)
12.30pm Stations of the Cross at St Bartholomew
2.00pm Adoration of the Cross and communion from
reserved sacrament at St Mary Magdalene HOLY SATURDAY
19th April 8.00pm First Fires and Lighting of the Paschal Candle
at St Mary Magdalene
20th April 8.00am Mass at St Mary Magdalene
10.00am Family Service with
First communion at St Mary Magdalene
10.00am Eucharist for Easter at St Bartholomew
EAST HAM PARISH CONFIRMATION ~ 2014 PROGRAMME SCHEDULE
ALL HELD IN THE LUKE ROOM at ST BART’S 11.30am – 12.15pm
Mon 21 April 2014 (Easter Mon) Social Event for Candidates
Sun 27 April (Whitsunday) FIELDWORK 1
Sun 4 May 2014 (3rd of Easter) FIELDWORD 2
Sun 11 May 2014 (4th of Easter) FIELDWORK REPORTS
Thurs 29th May 2014 Start of Novena Prayers
Saturday 7th June 2014 Confirmation Retreat
Sun 8th June 2014 (PENTECOST) Confirmation Service
The Parish Office is open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm
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