The Parish of Ulverston
An Easter message from the Rector
This may not be the case in your family, but nearly one third of British children believe that Easter marks the birth of the Easter bunny. This sits well with a BBC report that a supermarket buyer refused to stock Easter Eggs with a Christian message, and asked the company that supplies them what Easter has to do with the church!
The origin of Easter and the basis of the Christian faith is not the birth of the Easter bunny, but the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which validated his claims to be the Son of God. The death and resurrection of Jesus as a historical fact was foretold by prophets and attested by several hundred eye witnesses. If it didn't happen, Christians are of all people the most to be pitied, as the apostle Paul - one of those eye witnesses - admitted. But if it did...
If it did, then we can be confident that death is not a closed door, but the gateway to the loving presence of God for ever. If it did, we need no longer fear death: as the Elizabethan priest-poet John Donne put it, 'one short sleep past, we wake eternally, and Death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die!' If it did, the best is yet to come; we look forward to a new heaven and a new earth, when Jesus comes again and God's kingdom of justice and peace is made complete.
On Sunday 26th April, after a shared lunch, we will be having our annual church meeting, at which we will be looking back with thanks at what God has done among us, and looking ahead to what we believe God is calling us to be and do. If you are a church member, I hope you'll be able to join us.
If you are not yet a church member, but an interested enquirer, be assured of a welcome at our Sunday worship, and please do get in touch. We'd love to meet you.
May the risen Lord Jesus bless you