Daily email from the Vicar Number 23

It was great to see a number of you yesterday as we worshipped together and yet apart on Good Friday.  There were 20 of us including 2 former members of the congregation, Champa and our daughter Vikkie.  Robert later emailed me and reminded me that at different points of the gathering we also had 4 dogs and 1 cat!!
In this inbetween day between GF and Easter Day 2 pieces of poetry to help you reflect further on the Cross of Christ.
Firstly, a reading from the Bible, Isaiah Chapter 53, one of the Servant Songs written around 700BC, and which Christians now see clearly is fulfilled in the coming of Jesus and particularly His crucifixion.  Some of these verses were really key in me understanding the cross and coming to faith on a teenage camp when I was 18.
And secondly an old hymn which Sue brought to my attention, which again focuses on the cross of Jesus.
Beneath the cross of Jesus
I fain would take my stand,
The shadow of a mighty Rock
Within a weary land;
A home within the wilderness,
A rest upon the way,
From the burning of the noontide heat,
And the burden of the day.
Oh, safe and happy shelter!
Oh, refuge tried and sweet!
Oh, trysting place where heaven’s love
And heaven’s justice meet.
As to the holy patriarch
That wondrous dream was given,
So is my Savior by the cross
A ladder up to heaven.
There lies beneath its shadow,
But on the farther side,
The darkness of an awful grave
That gapes both deep and wide;
And there between us stands the cross,
Two arms outstretched to save,
Like a watchman set to guard the way
From that eternal grave.
Upon that cross of Jesus
Mine eye at times can see
The very dying form of One,
Who suffered there for me;
And from my smitten heart, with tears,
Two wonders I confess,
The wonders of His glorious love,
And my own worthlessness.
I take, O cross, thy shadow
For my abiding place;
I ask no other sunshine than
The sunshine of His face;
Content to let the world go by,
To know no gain nor loss,
My sinful self my only shame,
My glory all the cross.

I am planning to have another online service tomorrow for Easter Day, I’ll send a link via another email.

God bless you, have a good day.



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