Holy Week Day 5 - Dying

“Darkness covers the earth, creation is silent, creation is waiting” 


Golgotha - Crucified alongside criminals  

Nails hammered through hands and feet 

Flesh is torn, blood pouring down 

A man’s frame lowered into pain.  Immense pain.


Abba…… Thy…. will…be… done 


They come to stare – they come to spit  

They hurl insults, laying the gauntlet down: 

“Let him come down off that cross if he truly is the Messiah” 


Abba…… Thy…. will…be… done


Suffering, bleeding,  gasping, dying 

“He Trusts in God Let God rescue him now if he wants him” 

Torturing body, mind, soul, spirit


Abba…… Thy…. will…be… done


Darkness covers the earth, creation is silent, creation is waiting 

The powers are waiting, the people are waiting, the angels are waiting 

The Lord of heaven and earth is giving himself up unto death

Willingly, knowingly, completely 


Abba …… where are you? Why have you forsaken me? 


Abandonment 

‘For he was cut off from the land of the living 

For the transgressions of my people he was stricken.  

And the Lord has laid upon Him the iniquity of us all’ 

Into your hands I commit my spirit 

He breathes his last 

It is finished.

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Holy Week Day 4 - Rememberance

“After super Jesus removed his outer garment, poured water into a basin and washed the disciples feet, when Jesus had finished he asked “do you understand what I have done to you?” 

This Maundy Thursday as we look back in remembrance of Jesus’ final day with his disciples and recount the bible stories of the last super, the gospel of John tells us that after super Jesus removed his outer garment, poured water into a basin and washed the disciples feet, when Jesus had finished he asked “do you understand what I have done to you?” This question strikes a deep note for me as I try to contemplate how those first disciples may have felt at this act of servitude but also what it means for me today as a Christian. I came to faith three years ago and new instantly on giving my life to Christ that although I looked the same, the me that I once new had been changed in some way. I had received something untouchable within my soul that would be the building blocks from which I would begin a new life. I had been forgiven, my sins washed away. My prayer today is that my heart would be a prism through which the light of Jesus would shine and my life would be lived in remembrance of all that he has done for me.

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Holy Week Day 3 - Betrayl

“ One of the darkest moments in history; the betrayal of Christ with a kiss of death”.

Judas had spent 3 years with Jesus as one of his 12 disciples. He had heard his teaching, experienced his love and witnessed countless miracles yet knowing the chief priests wanted rid of Jesus he sought them out to see what was in it for him. Greed opened his heart to Satan’s influence leading to one of the darkest moments in history; the betrayal of Christ with a kiss of death. The price: 30 pieces of silver, reminiscent of Joseph’s betrayal by his brothers as he was sold into slavery for 20 pieces of silver. Once more God in his great plan would take what was intended for harm and use it for good.

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Cross Vision: Glory - Helen Paynter (8am Podcast)

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April 14th 2019. Cross Vision: Glory. (John 12:27-32)

As we go towards Easter we are looking at different facets of the cross. This week we are looking at Glory and the Cross. A famous hymn says

In the cross of Christ I glory, Tow’ring o’er the wrecks of time; All the light of sacred story Gathers round its head sublime.

When the woes of life o’ertake me, Hopes deceive, and fears annoy, Never shall the cross forsake me, Lo! It glows with peace and joy.

When the sun of bliss is beaming light and love upon my way, From the cross the radiance streaming Adds more luster to the day

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Cross Vision: Glory - Rob Scott-Cook

April 14th 2019. Cross Vision: Glory. (John 12:27-32)

As we go towards Easter we are looking at different facets of the cross. This week we are looking at Glory and the Cross. A famous hymn says

In the cross of Christ I glory, Tow’ring o’er the wrecks of time; All the light of sacred story Gathers round its head sublime.

When the woes of life o’ertake me, Hopes deceive, and fears annoy, Never shall the cross forsake me, Lo! It glows with peace and joy.

When the sun of bliss is beaming light and love upon my way, From the cross the radiance streaming Adds more luster to the day

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Cross Vision: Glory - Rob Scott-Cook (11am Podcast)

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April 14th 2019. Cross Vision: Glory. (John 12:27-32)

As we go towards Easter we are looking at different facets of the cross. This week we are looking at Glory and the Cross. A famous hymn says

In the cross of Christ I glory, Tow’ring o’er the wrecks of time; All the light of sacred story Gathers round its head sublime.

When the woes of life o’ertake me, Hopes deceive, and fears annoy, Never shall the cross forsake me, Lo! It glows with peace and joy.

When the sun of bliss is beaming light and love upon my way, From the cross the radiance streaming Adds more luster to the day

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Holy Week Day 2 - Confrontation

In the face of confrontation, Jesus doesn’t back away, but rather stands confident in God.

Confrontation is a word that that can ring alarm bells for many people. How often have you heard people talk about how they try to avoid confrontation, as if they then gain a moral high-ground that conveniently allows them to get out of challenging situations? And yet, confrontation for Jesus brought about opportunities to glorify God. In confronting Jesus about His identity and His authority, those that opposed Jesus the most gave Him the chance to demonstrate these two aspects of Himself through wisdom, love and an invitation into relationship with Him. In the face of confrontation, Jesus doesn’t back away, but rather stands confident in God.



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Cross Vision: Glory - David Mitchell (11am Podcast)

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April 14th 2019. Cross Vision: Glory. (John 12:27-32)

As we go towards Easter we are looking at different facets of the cross. This week we are looking at Glory and the Cross. A famous hymn says

In the cross of Christ I glory, Tow’ring o’er the wrecks of time; All the light of sacred story Gathers round its head sublime.

When the woes of life o’ertake me, Hopes deceive, and fears annoy, Never shall the cross forsake me, Lo! It glows with peace and joy.

When the sun of bliss is beaming light and love upon my way, From the cross the radiance streaming Adds more luster to the day

Download Discussion notes

Cross Vision: Glory - David Mitchell

April 14th 2019. Cross Vision: Glory. (John 12:27-32)

As we go towards Easter we are looking at different facets of the cross. This week we are looking at Glory and the Cross. A famous hymn says

In the cross of Christ I glory, Tow’ring o’er the wrecks of time; All the light of sacred story Gathers round its head sublime.

When the woes of life o’ertake me, Hopes deceive, and fears annoy, Never shall the cross forsake me, Lo! It glows with peace and joy.

When the sun of bliss is beaming light and love upon my way, From the cross the radiance streaming Adds more luster to the day

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Cross Vision: Sacrifice - Clare Thompson with Jo Ritchie

April 7th 2019. Cross Vision: Sacrifice. (Hebrews 9 & 10. Matthew 26:36-45)

The Cross is at the heart of the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has become the defining image of worship for Christians, and what was a fearful symbol of torture and execution in the Roman world is now worn casually as jewellery by people of faith and without it. The cross is like a diamond with many facets, and this Lent we will be looking at three aspects of the work of Christ on the cross. Download Discussion notes

Cross Vision: Sacrifice - Rob Scott-Cook

April 7th 2019. Cross Vision: Sacrifice. (Hebrews 9 & 10. Matthew 26:36-45)

The Cross is at the heart of the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has become the defining image of worship for Christians, and what was a fearful symbol of torture and execution in the Roman world is now worn casually as jewellery by people of faith and without it. The cross is like a diamond with many facets, and this Lent we will be looking at three aspects of the work of Christ on the cross. Download Discussion notes