Friday 9th April at 10:50
This Sunday is called Low Sunday – not because our self-induced indulgence of chocolate is over but because it closes the Octave of Easter.
In the church an Octave is an eight day period defined by a festival and the seven days that follow it. “Low” probably refers to the lack of high ritual used on Easter, and not to the low attendance!
There is nothing “low” in terms of this Sunday’s readings, as we hear about Jesus’ appearance to the disciples after His resurrection.
What an amazing time that must have been for them as they began to realise that Jesus had defeated death and it wasn’t an illusion or vision – it was Jesus Himself.
This realisation happened in different ways for the disciples.
The two disciples on the road to Emmaus spent a long walk and a meal with Jesus before they realised it was Him.
Dear Thomas spent a week no doubt thinking the disciples were winding him up about Jesus being alive.
It was only when Jesus appeared to Thomas and talked with Him that he realised the truth.
All of us have our different faith journeys, we come to know Jesus and believe in Him in different ways and at different speeds.
For all of us the distinctive feature is that personal encounter, that personal relationship we have with Him.
For some of us it might take quite a time to recognise Jesus for who He is.
For others it is more dramatic.
But for all who believe in the risen Jesus, what is wonderful is that He can be known to each of us, individually.
He calls us each by name; He comes and meets us where we are, just as He met those disciples on a road, and Thomas in an upper room.
We just need to open our eyes and let ourselves see Him walking with us, beside us each and every day.
He is risen – He is risen indeed – Alleluia!
- Rowan Williams Sunday 11th April 2021 at 18:00. Former Archbishop of Canterbury, theologian, author and poet Rowan Williams has accepted an invitation to join Exeter Cathedral for Holy Ground on the Second Sunday of Easter.
This online gathering will be a chance to allow the Easter message of new life to take root in our own lives.
The evening will include worship, Rowan’s talk, conversation in groups, and Q&A.
Full details of how to apply for your zoom place can be found at:- HERE
Diary for the week
Sunday April 11th St Petroc’s Village Communion 9.30am also by zoom and telephone:-
Telephone: – The phone number to call:0203 481 524;
Enter the meeting ID: 854 2111 1777#
when asked for ID press # to continue;
Password is: 682526#
Zoom: – 854 2111 1777,
Wednesday April 14th 10am Thought for the week by zoom and telephone (details on website)
Friday April 9th Morning Prayer at 9am by zoom and telephone (details on website)
Christ yesterday and today, the beginning and the end,
Alpha and Omega, all time belongs to him,
and all ages; to him be glory and power,
through every age and for ever.
Wishing you all God’s blessings and know you are in my heart and in my prayers