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Dear Friends

Easter Sunday Morning: the Dawn Service at Nash Church, the congregation is outside in the churchyard singing. We have just enjoyed the first eucharist of Easter, the first eucharist in months for all of us. It’s about 6.45 am, the sun has risen, the day promises to be beautiful (and it was), I’m looking over the fields towards a perfect pastoral scene of early morning sunshine, lush fields and sheep gathering together by a little copse, peace and tranquillity, “Alleluia, Alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord, Alleluia, Alleluia, give praise to his name”. I hope that I never, ever forget this scene.

Sadly no breakfast together this year but it was just Soooo good to be together anyway. As it was later in the morning in Tenbury and, as it was I hope for all of you, who were able to enjoy our return to gathered in-person worship. I think we always knew that Easter Sunday was a symbolic day to resume our Sunday worship and it was: the new day, new beginnings, new hope were palpable.

To have this sense of newness and possibility, of hope and excitement is important after all that we have been through both as church and also as individuals

We have such a great deal to reflect on:
 What have the biggest challenges been?
 What have the hardest challenges been?
 What has been good?
 What has proved to be better than before?
 What has been the biggest change for you?
 What changes would you like to be permanent?
 Is there anything you no longer have or no longer experience that you long for?

All these things and I’m sure other questions too, need thinking about and you may find it helpful to think in these terms both for yourself in your day-to-day life as well as for you as a Christian, and for you as a member of a church congregation if you are one.

BUT we are not yet out of the woods and so, whilst we will need to have these reflections together as church in order to discern what’s next for us, this need not be yet. First let’s just enjoy being back together, let’s enjoy the spring and the warmth and beauty of summer.

In the gospel of John, chapter 3 verse 3 we read Jesus saying to Nicodemus, “Very truly I tellyou, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again”. My guess is that we haven’t yet been born again, that we are still undergoing the gestation period, labour hasn’t started. Jesus is saying that in order to see the Kingdom of God we must undergo this trial, this labour, but when we have we will be able to see the Kingdom and we’ll be able to see it with our new eyes.

But in the meantime, while we wait for rebirth, we can remember Jesus’ invitation “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” 1 Matthew 11:28

Revd Sian.