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John 20 verses 11 - 18
Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’ When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ 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.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” ’ Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
Read the passage several times, are there parts that stand out for you?
It was important for the women to go to the tomb. Jesus’ body had not been properly prepared on Good Friday because of the Sabbath. How would you have felt going to the tomb? Can you imagine the mixed emotions of Mary Magdalene to find Jesus’ body missing yet two angels in the tomb - it is no wonder that she mistook Jesus for a gardener. She was an important messenger to make the first announcement that Jesus had risen from the dead. Let us rejoice, like Mary Magdalene, that Jesus lives!
John 20 verses 24 to 29 - Jesus and Thomas
One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (called the Twin), was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the scars of the nails in his hands and put my finger on those scars and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
A week later the disciples were together again indoors, and Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands; then reach out your hand and put it in my side. Stop your doubting, and believe!”
Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Do you believe because you see me? How happy are those who believe without seeing me!”
Read the verses through several times. ‘Doubting’ Thomas could not believe that Jesus had actually risen from the dead and appeared to the disciples. He wanted physical proof that it was Jesus. But when Jesus appeared a week later it was Thomas who accepted that Jesus was ‘My Lord and my God’. For us almost 2,000 years later we have to have the faith of our belief. We cannot see the scars on Jesus’ hands or put our hands into Jesus’ side. For us, we are happy that Jesus died to save us all.
A prayer link is available for those who would like prayer for themselves, their family, friends or for anyone who feels the need to have the comfort of knowing people are praying for them. It is particularly well used in times of crisis. Once informed of a request for prayer, the carefully selected group of "prayers" begin to pray and pass on the name for prayer to the next person on the list. Any matter given to the Prayer Link Team is of course, highly confidential.
In the first instance please give your prayer request to Sarah Openshaw 01376 570381 or 07807214953 who will pass it down the chain. You can of course, also give your prayer to our vicar, Simon Garwood 01376 573701.
If you would like someone to be prayed for as part of the intercessions in the Sunday service, please contact Simon.
"Prayer is not an escape; prayer is the way to conquest. Prayer is not flight; prayer is power. Prayer does not deliver a man from some terrible situation; prayer enables a man to face and master a situation. So often people pray to be rescued from a situation......, to be healed from a sickness...... Sometimes, it is true, deliverance comes, but far more often the answer is that we are given the strength, which is not our strength, to go through with it.... Prayer does not provide a means of running away from the human situation; prayer provides a way of meeting the human situation." William Barclay
We are trying out new prayer initiatives to help us all to remember the great need everyone has for prayer in our lives – Prayer Request Cards. The Prayer Request Card is a pocket sized slip which will be issued monthly and available in church. The intention is that we have different special requests each month, and these will be printed on the slips, together with a prayer you could use. We ask that you then pray for these needs at home. There will also be a tear-off slip which can be left in the box in church if you have any special prayer needs yourself.
We do hope that these will be well used and an encouragement for us all to improve our prayer life.
We work closely with the other churches in Kelvedon; The United Reformed Church and the Roman Catholic Church. Every month members of all the churches meet together to pray for the villages of Kelvedon and Feering. These informal prayer meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month, each church taking its turn to host and lead the session.
We begin with breakfast at 8.00 a.m. and end at 9.00 a.m.
See the Kelvedon Parish Magazines for details of upcoming sessions.
Members of the church meet together to pray informally on the second Monday of the month, at 8.00 p.m. for half an hour. This is led by a member of the group and the meeting is held in the church rooms at St Mary's.
Everyone very welcome.
Prayer Ideas to Try
There is no right or wrong way to pray but sometimes it is helpful to have some guidelines to get you started.
Why not try this? At the end of the day