All Saints with St James’ Church, Brightlingsea
Thought for Easter
John 20 : 1 – 16
Early on the first day of the week while it was still dark Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb … Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. …she saw two angels … She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher).
You can almost see Mary with her hand clasped over her mouth in awestruck amazement at her own incredulity as she told the rest of the disciples about her encounter with the risen Jesus: “I didn’t recognise him! I thought he was the gardener! But then he spoke my name, ‘Mary’. It was then I knew beyond any doubt it was Jesus standing before me”.
Note that Mary didn’t recognise Jesus until he mentioned her name, that most personal aspect of our innermost being. It told her that he knew her. It reassured her that it was the same Jesus who had delivered her from her demons and showed her how much God loves her. And that is how he calls you today: by your name. No-one speaks to the core of your being in such a re-assuring way. No-one speaks in a way that tells you he knows your very heart, knows your deepest fears and with a love that transcends the human so that we have no doubt how much he loves us and knows us personally and now lives for ever in an eternity where we will one day join him.
Have you asked the risen Jesus to speak to you personally by your name?
Chris Bloor, Authorised Lay Preacher
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1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month: 8.00 communion and 10.00 Parish Eucharist at St James
3rd Sunday of each month: 8.00 communion and 10.00 Parish Eucharist at All Saints and 10.00 Sparklers at St James.
5th Sunday: 8.00 communion and 10.00 All-age worship at St James.
Tuesday: 9.00 a.m. informal prayer at St James
Wednesday: 10.00 said communion at St James
Thursday: 8.15 informal prayer at St James
Friday: 10.30 Prayers for the sick at St James.
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Vicar: Please note that while we are without a Vicar, any enquiries should be directed to the church office either on 01206 30 23 78 or email@example.com There is an out-of-hours answering service: telephone and email messages are collected and answered regularly. The Church Office is open on Mondays 10-12pm. Letters can be posted through to the office when St James is open 8am-2pm each weekday. Alternatively please contact one of the churchwardens:-
Carole Warren 825 027 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Goodenough 30 37 49 email@example.com
PCC Secretary/PCC Treasurer: c/o Church Office, Victoria Place, Brightlingsea CO7 0AB
Parish website: allsaintswithstjamesb-sea.co.uk
Our Mother Church, All Saints’, although no longer the central place of worship, is an integral and essential part of our life together. We seek to enhance its role within the affections of the community and to worship there regularly. The Sunday services (8.00 communion and 10.00 Parish Eucharist) are held at All Saints every third Sunday in the month. At the same time there is a ‘Sparklers’ Sunday School for 4-12 year-olds on the 3rd Sunday of each month at St James at 10.00.