MESSAGE FROM THE TEAM RECTOR
During this Easter time, we're hearing again those passages from the New Testament that describe encounters between the risen Christ and his followers – how sorrow turns to joy.
Something else happens too. In his suffering, his followers had forsaken him, and with his death, they had lost their direction. But when they meet Jesus raised from the dead, they find themselves entrusted once more with work to do for him – though not on their own, not unaided. ‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth’ (Acts 1.8). ‘As the Father has sent me, so I send you…. Receive the Holy Spirit’ (John 20.21–22). ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age’ (Matt. 28.19–20).
The church’s Easter season stretches between Easter Sunday and Pentecost. These two great celebrations are tightly bound together. To meet the risen Christ is to be sent by him to do his work in the power of the Holy Spirit. We cannot have him just for ourselves: ‘Do not hold onto me’, .......