March 2018

 

1st 2.00pm Longmeadow Service

4th 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

5th 1.30pm Lent Group 3 (Meeting Room)

7th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

10th 2.30pm Archdeacon’s collation (Crooked Spire)

4.00pm Messy Church (MMURC)

11th 8.00am Holy Communion [Mothering Sunday]

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Service

12th 1.30pm Lent Group 4 (Meeting Room)

7.30pm Deanery Synod

13th 7.30pm Transforming Faith 7 (Meeting Room)

14th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

18th 8.00am Holy Communion (1662)

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

1.30pm Holy Baptism

4.00pm Taize Service

19th 1.30pm Lent Group 5 (Meeting Room)

20th 2.00pm Valley Lodge Service

21st 9.30am Infant Easter Service

9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

11.00am Lilybank Service

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

8.00pm PCC (Meeting Room)

22nd 9.30am Junior Easter Service

24th 2.00pm Holy Week Experience

HOLY WEEK

25th 8.00am Holy Communion [Palm Sunday]

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion & Palm Procession

6.30pm Evensong (Lady Chapel)

28th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

29th 7.30pm United Service (MMURC) [Maundy Thursday]

30th 10.00am Hot Cross Bun Service [Good Friday]

12 noon United Act of Witness (Park Head)

2.00pm Hour at the Cross

31st 8.00pm Vigil & Holy Communion

Easter Sunday 1st April

8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

6.30pm Evensong (Lady Chapel)

 

Baptisms

18.2.2018 Ziggy Harrison & Damian Jilavu

25.2.2018 Danny Stanbrook

 

Weddings

17.2.2018 Mark & Faye Burton

 

Funerals

21.2.2018 Mandy Claxton (Crem.)

 

Holy Week Experience

 

An afternoon of crafts, worship and reflection on the events of Holy Week will be held at Church on Saturday 24th March between 2.00 and 4.00pm. All are welcome

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Children’s Society Speaker

 

At the 10.45am Family Communion on March 18th our guest preacher will be Jane Foster, Regional Co-ordinator for the Children’s Society

 

 

Bank Road Messy Church

 

On Sunday 11th February, members of both the Methodist Church and All Saints’ with the Messy Church families gathered to reflect on the importance of celebration and the story of the wedding at Cana. A feast of delights followed, including a special cake to mark the first birthday of Bank Road Messy Church [Pictures can be found on our Facebook page – search ‘All Saints Church Matlock Bank’]

 

Thank you

 

Thank you to all who give regularly for the upkeep of the church through standing order, envelope scheme or cash on plate. Your support is vital & greatly appreciated.

 

Dear Friends,

 

This year on 25th March, we celebrate Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. Following recent tradition, on that day the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is read, palm crosses are blessed before being processed out of the church and into the world (Snow & heavy showers permitting!) and a dramatized account of Our Lord’s Passion is read. Depending on your point of view, it’s either a positive or a negative that no sermon is preached that morning. It does, however, present me with the opportunity to share a few reflections on the Palm Sunday story.

 

What is notable throughout the story is how much Jesus is in control of events. He chooses the moment to head to Jerusalem and isn’t forced by any outside forces. Reading between the lines, this was a well-planned and organised journey shown in the way that there was already a donkey prepared for Him to ride, obtained by saying the right password. It’s also seen further on in the Holy Week story when Jesus tells His disciples the signs to look out for in order to find the place where He would celebrate the Passover.

 

Jesus not only chose the timing of His arrival in Jerusalem in order to coincide with preparations for the Passover Festival, but He also chose the manner in which He was to arrive and its symbolic value. Jesus deliberately modelled the imagery associated with the prophecies of Zechariah 9:9 [“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass.”] and Isaiah 62:11 [“Behold your salvation comes; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.”]. In this way, Jesus overturned any expectation of the Messiah arriving at the head of a mighty army to throw out the occupying Roman authority. Jesus concept of being Messiah was based round a message of love, peace and inclusion, reminding those on the edges of their value in the eyes of God.

 

We are reminded, as we tread the path towards the Cross, of how easy it is for popular opinion to be swayed and distorted by those with power. One day the crowds are cheering ‘Hosanna!’, a few days later they call out ‘Crucify him!’. Jesus was challenging the religious authorities in the heart of the Holy City. Nothing was set in stone. Those who opposed Him and sought to get rid of Him were free to change their minds and alter their path. God doesn’t force human beings to do His will, for God respects our free will and that humanity is created in the Divine image.

 

Jesus, by taking the ‘fight’ to the Temple, was challenging the religious authorities to accept His teachings and follow Him, or to reject Him and draw judgement on themselves. Palm Sunday is a key moment in the story of salvation history – we know how the story proceeded, but it didn’t have to go that way. As we reach Holy Week once more, let us take time to reflect on the immensity of God’s love for Creation, that God was prepared to submit to the worst humanity could inflict, in order to reveal the depths of love. How would we have felt if we had been in that crowd on Palm Sunday and would we have reacted any differently as part of the Good Friday crowd?

 

Every blessing

Richard