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Following the Government's Lockdown roadmap, the Trustees of Merrow Church have decided to reopen for services from Sunday May 23rd. The Church will continue to follow all Covid-19 protocols as defined by the Government to ensure the safety of all attending Merrow. In the mean-time,
Merrow Church will remain open for Silent Prayer on Wednesdays between 10 and 11am.
Guidance on Silent Prayer can be found on the following page: Guide to Services
THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK: APRIL 11TH TO 17TH: Thoughts for the Week
MESSAGE FROM OUR MINISTER - REVD ASIF DAS
Matthew 28: 1 - 10 (NIV) Commissioned to Witness
1After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the LORD came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning and his clothes were white as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 5The angel said to the women "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you." 8So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."
A witness is one who can give a firsthand account of an experience. In a courtroom witnesses are required to convict a person of a crime. Witnessing also means to testify to one’s religious beliefs. To be a witness to the resurrection is to come to terms with the stone that has been rolled away, the empty tomb and that Jesus is risen according to his words that he will be crucified and on the third day be raised again. And then to believe so strongly that one is compelled to tell the story. Witnessing to the good news is both the personal and corporate responsibility of believers in Jesus.
The first three Gospels have women, including Mary Magdalene, present at the tomb, but John’s Gospel has only Mary Magdalene there by herself. In the passage above from Matthew’s Gospel, the risen Jesus commissioned the women to witness to his brothers (disciples) that he has risen and that they should go to Galilee where he will meet them. Can we imagine how these women must have felt? Out of all Jesus’ friends and followers, they are the first ones he chose to spread the good news of his resurrection.
As believers and followers of Jesus, we have the privilege and the responsibility to do what these women and then the other disciples did – follow Christ, do the works that he did and tell others to believe and do the same. When we have good news, most of us cannot wait to tell someone. We get on the telephone; send an email or text to everyone in our address book. The early disciples of Jesus were encouraged to speak and do right, to turn from evil and seek peace. Even if it meant imprisonment or death, they were prepared to give an account for their transformed lives of hope and joy. Are we? As those who have experienced new life in Christ, we too are commissioned to witness.
Loving God our Father, strengthen me to become a witness to the saving grace of your Son Jesus. May I boldly share my experience of the resurrection power of Christ at work in my life with someone, that their life be transformed and filled with eternal joy and peace. Amen
Have a blessed week,