Easter 2020: Ninian – A Call to Bless – Easter Sunday

Welcome to our Easter Sunday space. Today we are focusing on the theme of extending a blessing, asking ‘how shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?’

There is a slight change in our timings for today. As part of our daily rhythm for the Easter Weekend, we suggest that, following your own Morning Prayers, you join in at the slightly earlier time of 9.30am and watch a video of today’s chosen bible readings -taken from John 20: 1-18 and John 21: 1-14; Matthew 5: 1-12.

At 10am we would like to create space for you to join in with ‘Sing Resurrection’, should you choose to do so. This is a creative initiative from Community Companion, David Pott.

At 10.30am, we invite you to listen to our final talk, given by Sarah Pillar, one of our Community Leaders, responsible for the Dispersed Community network. In it she explores how we might extend a blessing and sing the Lord’s song in the strange and disorientating landscape we now find ourselves inhabiting.

At midday, we invite you to stand with those of us who are Community Companions, as we renew our vows alone, together – each within our own context – committing ourselves once more to intentional, deliberate Availability and Vulnerability before God, in the cell of our own hearts. In this time of pandemic, it seems particularly poignant to recognise that this is how we must receive the blessing that will enable us to turn outwards, be a blessing to others and extend the circle of blessing to include Christ the stranger in every person and every neighbourhood.

We just want to end with a thank you – to everyone who has ‘come through our doors’ this weekend and to everyone who has contributed in any way – either to the Easter materials or in response to them.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,
wherever He may send you.
May He guide you through the wilderness,
protect you through the storm.
May He bring you home rejoicing
at the wonders He has shown you.
May He bring you home rejoicing
once again into our doors.

Sarah, Catherine and Sarah

If you have enjoyed journeying with us and want to stay in touch, please contact the Community Office (see our ‘about’ information). Even though the Mother House is currently closed, we will be developing some online retreats and further reflection series through the School, in the coming months.

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