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Pastoral Letter - April 2019
What might your washing machine have to do with Easter?! I am reading a Lent devotional book which takes a household object each day and links it to our faith. The washing machine is a reminder that for the people of Bible times washing was difficult; making things clean was a huge chore; washing had to be done in the river. In fact, washing was quite difficult and time consuming until electric washing machines became part of our lives from the 1950s, but for many of us not until the 1970s.
Until Jesus came the only way to achieve spiritual cleanliness was though the blood sacrifice of animals – and that had to be repeated. As the writer of the book of Hebrews says: ‘It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.’ (Hebrews 10:4). Jesus’ sacrifice changed that and we celebrate that amazing fact every Easter. In Christ, through his sacrifice on the cross and his rising on the third day we have a new testament to salvation, a new covenant (promise) with God, a new and sin-cleansing faith.
When you next use a washing machine let it be a reminder of the thorough and immediate cleansing we have in Jesus. Our sins – anything that distances us from God, can be made clean and be forgiven as we bring them to God through Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit – that same power that brought Jesus out from the tomb. Rejoice in this and sing out the words: ‘Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son, endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.’
On a different note- at our Church Meeting on April 25th we will be discussing whether our weekly evening services should continue given that numbers are often very low. We wonder if a monthly evening service (healing + communion) and a number of special evening services through the year might be a better use of our human resources. Please give this some thought.