10th April – Palm Sunday

Here is a photo of the gospel message which someone wrote in the sky earlier this week (when it was sunny!).

We have the church decked out with palms this Sunday for the celebration of the day when Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  The fact that Jesus was crucified only a week later lends more than a tinge of sadness to the Palm Sunday triumph.  And of all four gospel accounts, I believe this sadness comes through most strongly in the gospel of Luke, from which we will hear as Andrew Goddard opens the scriptures for us.

Continuing with the tinge of sadness theme, we are farewelling Kat, Nigel, Ezra (and Oakley!) this Sunday with a morning tea after morning church and dinner after afternoon church.  Before Ezra’s arrival, Kat had served with us for three years as Women’s and Families Minister, and Nigel has served as student minister for two years, after which he continued to help out amongst the youth.  I am very grateful for the way God has used them among us.

In brief:

  • Easter is next weekend. Please try to distribute any remaining letterbox cards early this week.  It’s a great time to invite family and friends to join us at church at this most important time of our calendar.
  • It’s still not too late to bring in donations for next Sunday’s Easter Egg Hunt!!
  • Final numbers for Maundy Thursday are needed by Monday, so make sure you put your name down!
  • The NCLS survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who helped out with this. I am looking forward to seeing the results.
  • Our BCA mission partners the Van’t Spykers in Yeppoon, Queensland, made a video update for us (actually it was made a couple of weeks back while they were in COVID isolation). You can watch it here.