March 2018

Newsletter for Moreton Hall

This year Easter Sunday falls on 1st April, All Fools’ Day.  Many people think that the Christian faith is a foolish waste of time.  One of the reasons is that on Easter Sunday the Christian Church celebrates the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. As death is seen as final, faith in the resurrection seems very foolish indeed.
From the earliest of times the Christian faith was ridiculed claiming Jesus had risen from the dead.  That is why Paul says in his first letter to the Corinthians ‘Jews demand signs and the Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.  For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.’
What does he mean by that?  At the heart of the Christian story is the truth that God Himself came to Earth not in power and glory but divested of all strength in the form of a weak and vulnerable child.  When He grew to manhood, He went out into the world for three years and He gave teaching that has never been surpassed, lived a life that has never been equalled, performed great miracles and suffered horrible abuse.  He was then handed over to sinful men and, although He could have called on legions of angels to help Him, He suffered the most humiliating death.  On the third day He rose again showing that death is not the end and that a place is prepared in heaven for all those who believe.
Every Year the Christian church throughout the world celebrates this wonderful truth.  For God shows His love for us in Christ by both dying for us and giving us a way back to heaven.  He also teaches us how to live our lives now so that we may be effective in this world and prepared for the next.
This may seem completely foolish to many but over the last few months all the people who have come on our Alpha courses have found this to be true.  More than that, on 18th March on our Stewardship Sunday, many people will recommit themselves to God’s mission giving their time, talent and money so Christ’s work on Earth can continue.  This is because they know what it is to have the resurrected Christ not just as something in a history book, but a living reality in their lives.
I hope you will join us to celebrate Mothering Sunday on 11th March and Palm Sunday on 25th March, but I also hope you will take time to reflect on the death of Christ at our Maundy Thursday service and if at all possible to celebrate with us on Easter Day.  However you choose to use the Bank Holiday weekend, I hope you have a terrific time and please be assured of our prayers.  Whatever else you do, do not think of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as foolishness, but rather a living reality in the lives of nearly two thirds of the world’s population and something you can share in too if you take time to think, reflect and ask God.
With every good wish,
Yours sincerely,

Jonathan Ford
Revd. Canon Jonathan Ford.
Minister Christ Church Moreton Hall