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Vicar's Letter



April 2021

Dear Friends,

At last there is good news – each of the four Churches of the Benefice will have a service, in church, through Holy Week and Easter Sunday. The first service will be at All Saints Liddington at 10.30am on Palm Sunday, 28th March. On Maundy Thursday the service will be at St Swithuns Hinton Parva at 7.30pm. On Good Friday we gather at St Mary’s Bishopstone at 2pm and Easter Day at St Andrew’s Wanborough at 10.30am.

Due to Covid regulations masks will have to be worn. There will be music played but no singing in accordance with Government Regulations. Please come and join us as our Churches open up again for worship – you will be very welcome, especially at this important time of the year.

The story of the events of Holy Week and Easter move along very quickly, but they are days full of meaning. From Palm Sunday, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem to cries of ‘Hosanna!’, to a few short days later when we remember the Last Supper Jesus had with his disciples and his betrayal by one of his followers.

His trial follows and then the long walk carrying his cross to the place of execution on Good Friday. It is hard for us to walk with Jesus through these days, to enter into the pain of betrayal, the injustice of his trial and the agony of his cross and death; but if we can undertake the journey we will come to share more fully in the joy of the resurrection on Easter morning.

And if we walk with the women to the tomb on that first Easter Day we too will look with astonishment at the stone rolled away and the empty tomb. Where is Jesus? And then we look around and he is with us. What wonder and joy fill our hearts.

And that is the good news of Easter – that Jesus has overcome death and he is with us. With us through all the ups and downs of life. With us in our brokenness and despair, with us in our joys and happiness. There is nothing we have to face in life on our own, we only have to ask Jesus to be alongside us, strengthening and guiding us.

May the Church resound with joy this Easter and spread throughout the Benefice as we make new beginnings in many different ways.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

A very Happy Easter to you all.

Sandy

Line drawing of St Andrew's Church
St Andrew's Church Sign