Pastoral Letter for April 2019

Dear Friends,

Journeys are central to what it is to be a human being.  All of us are part of the great journey from birth to death.  In the time we have here on earth we are part of many and various journeys – some journeys of discovery, some geographical as we travel to far off places and experience different cultures and landscapes.

This month invites us to journey too; to come together and walk the way of the cross with our Lord himself.  This has been done over the centuries in many ways.  For some, in has involved setting out on pilgrimage to the Holy Land; for others it has been to contemplate that final journey of our Lord’s Passion through meditating on the Stations of the Cross.

This Holy Week, once more calls us, as disciples of Christ, to enter into the mystery of Our Lord’s Passion, death and resurrection.  We begin this journey on Palm Sunday as we shout and sing our hosannas in procession, then hear the account read to us from the gospel by different voices.

But, more importantly than all of this is the space Holy Week offers for us to journey together with Christ; in our joint Largs Churches Together services, and in our own liturgies of Maundy Thursday with its drama and poignancy; the desolation of Good Friday; and the first glimmerings of light and hope as we emerge from the Vigil of Holy Saturday into the dazzling brightness of Easter Day itself.

Our Church offers such a rich tradition in order that we might be much more than mere Sunday Christians, but rather become everyday disciples.

This Holy Week may you take up the invitation to ‘come and follow’ and, by doing so, find your faith deepened, strengthened and enlivened for joyful service.

Yours in the faith,

Gordon

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