Shepherds in Bible times didn’t use sheep dogs or 4×4 vehicles! They actually led their sheep to green pastures. The Risen Lord Jesus is our Good Shepherd, our Great Shepherd, and has always led His people! John 10:11
For the last eight years Celebration Church has been meeting at St John Fisher church hall on Waltham Rd. This building has been a blessing to us and we have really appreciated the hospitality and assistance the local Catholic church have given to us during this time. However, when it was put up for sale at the end of 2016, and our offer to buy the building was not successful, we began to seek the LORD as to the way forward.
It’s quite fitting that our last Sunday in St John Fisher hall will be Resurrection Day. We can reflect on God’s goodness in all that has gone before and look excitedly to all He is going to do for us in the future. He has good plans for us, as individuals and as a collective fellowship together, and as we move we believe we enter a new and exciting phase of the church’s life!
We knew the LORD would lead us in all this, and He has done that! He has opened the way for us to move to the newly extended and refurbished Scartho Community Library on St Giles Ave. Our first Sunday there will be the 8th April, at the usual time of 10.30am!
The library is still in the final throes of the rebuilding and renovation process, so as you can see above in the photo taken on 29th March, it is still pretty much a building site on the outside.
Inside however, most of the work is complete, and so we will be able to move our all our various items and equipment next week prior to our first Sunday service there on the 8th April. Just to confirm, we will have front door access so we don’t need to negotiate whatever building works are still underway to the right of the entrance way. (For more information on the Library click here.)
So, as we approach the Passover, and remember Jesus’ death and resurrection in fulfilment of it, let’s contemplate the following verses:
Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea
And a path through the mighty waters, Who brings forth the chariot and horse,
The army and the power (They shall lie down together, they shall not rise;
They are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick):
“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, three separate events all fore-shadowed in their Biblical roots, but together forming one composite event, the greatest single event in history.
This is an article by David Soakell of Christian Friends of Israel.
When was Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah) crucified and resurrected? Did He really die on Good Friday and come back to life on Easter Sunday?
These are questions I’ve pondered on for many years. Now before we go any further, I need to stress that for the majority of Christians, Easter Sunday (or Resurrection Sunday) is the day Christians celebrate, for genuine reasons, the resurrection of Jesus the Christ (Yeshua the Messiah) from the dead. The majority of Christians also spend time on the Good Friday time to ponder on and contemplate, often in silence, what the sacrifice of Jesus means to them. This, along with Easter Sunday, is a Holy Day for most Christians, and therefore it is not my desire or purpose to dishonour any Believer in the Lord Jesus who use Good Friday to reflect on the death of Jesus, and Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection. Read the rest of this entry »
As we approach the Easter season, let us think about what it was like for Jesus. His friend Lazarus had died and the question of going to a village that was close to Jerusalem filled the disciples with fear. “Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews tried to stone you, and yet you are going back there?” (John 11:8). But Jesus would not be deterred, so Thomas, thinking of Lazarus having died, responds with, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” (11:16). They were thinking of themselves as usual. When Jesus told them, at the Passover meal, that he was going to be betrayed by one of them, they were really upset by it but not enough prevent them from arguing together about which of them was going to be the greatest. Even in the garden as Jesus faced the looming cross and bearing the sin of the world what were his disciples doing? Sleeping! They weren`t really the support He needed. Read the rest of this entry »