EASTER III, SUNDAY APRIL 26
Join us (on your computer) for church on Sunday April 26 at 11 am.
You can find the service by clicking on this link https://www.facebook.com/pg/HolyTrinityNice/videos/
The live stream will appear at the top of the page. You may need to turn the volume up on your computer or other device. The services will be posted on Facebook afterward.
Click here to go to the page on our website that gives access to the service sheet and sermon for next Sunday. They can be downloaded in either PDF or WORD format.
We’ll continue having a virtual Coffee Hour after the service via Zoom. If you’d like to take part, please email me and I’ll send you the code to join the Zoom meeting.
We will also continue with the phone tree but we would be happy to add new members. It has been a great success. We’ll also rearrange the pairings, if people wish. Please contact me about this.
Some parishioners have asked how they might continue to give to Holy Trinity during the lockdown. Please click here to email the treasurer, who will be glad to give you advice.
We would have had our AGM this Sunday but the bishop has instructed that these be postponed until much later in the year. However, the Standing Committee has continued to meet.
Easter III, The Road to Emmaus
In Sunday’s Gospel, we have a Resurrection story different from the others. Jesus approaches two men on the road to the village of Emmaus, but they take him for a stranger. Jesus asks them what they are talking about and he invites them to share their experience and interpretation of events surrounding his crucifixion and death. When the two disciples have done so, Jesus offers his own interpretation of his crucifixion and resurrection, citing Jewish Scripture. They delight in the way he explains scripture, but they only recognize that it is Jesus when he takes bread, blesses and breaks it. Inevitably, this story makes us think of the Eucharist, when the priest takes bread, blesses it, breaks it, and shares it.
This is a poignant connection to make at this time of lockdown. Priests streaming services from their churches or homes can perform these actions but most of us must receive communion spiritually, not physically. No story could highlight our sense of absence and loss more.
I reflect further on this in my sermon on Sunday.
In the service sheet, we have included this prayer, emphasising that communion can be spiritual even when it can’t be physical:
O Lord Jesus Christ, who in a most wonderful Sacrament has left to us a memorial of your passion, I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you; never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
Please use it during the service or beforehand.