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GOOD FRIDAY.

John Ch. 19: 17.    Carrying the cross by himself, Jesus
went to the place called Skull Hill (in Hebrew, Golgotha). 18 There they
crucified him. There were two others crucified with him, one on either
side, with Jesus between them. 19 And Pilate posted a sign over him that
read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 The place where
Jesus was crucified was near the city; and the sign was written in
Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, so that many people could read it.


EASTER SUNDAY.

John 20: 1 Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark,
Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled
away from the entrance. 2 She ran and found Simon Peter and the other
disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the
Lord’s body out of the tomb, and I don’t know where they have put
him!”3 Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. 4 The other
disciple outran Peter and got there first. 5 He stooped and looked in
and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn’t go in. 6 Then Simon
Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying
there, 7 while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and
lying to the side. 8 Then the other disciple also went in, and he saw
and believed—9 for until then they hadn’t realized that the Scriptures
said he would rise from the dead. 10 Then they went home.


PREACHERS     Services cancelled until further notice.  .
Don’t forget to pray for the preachers as they prepare to bring God’s
Word to us in the future..


FLOWER ROTA. When it is your turn to bring flowers for the Church
Service, why not give them to a neighbour or older person in your
street, to cheer them up.
To join our Flower Rota please speak to Ruth Cunningham.


Chapel Chat. The CC is available by e.mail (I use a system called Serif
to publish it), or you can go onto the Church website
:castledoningtonbaptist or even orchardbaptistfellowshipcastledonington

And find all the information you need. Failing that I can send you a
paper copy.Tom.

BIRTHDAY PRAYER BAND.   5th. Synthia Taka.20th. Helen Milne. Pray God’s rich blessing on  them.

FOOD BANK   The Food Bank is operating out of StEdwards Church hall.
There are double doors on the front to the left of the main entrance.  They have a sign on display to help you find them. Use these double doors to enter. There will be a table for your donations.I am sure that they would be delighted to receive your donations.  
    ……………..
”The generous prosper and are satisfied; those who refresh others will
themselves be refreshed.” Proverbs. 11: 25.   
 
GOOD FRIDAY - 10th April.
HOLY/BLACK SATURDAY 11 th. April.
EASTER SUNDAY - 12 th. April.

Between Good Friday and Easter Sunday there is a day which various folk
call; either Holy Saturday or Black Saturday.Many preachers have
preached about Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  However I don’t remember
anyone preaching about Holy Saturday or Black Saturday.  What I am now
sharing with you is from something I recently read.  What went on in
Jerusalem between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ? 
As far as I am aware there is no record of what the occupants did on
that day, so what you are about to read is the product of my ‘corkscrew’
mind and the suggestions of another writer.Jerusalem, the day following
Christ’s death and burial.  What did the Disciples do?  Remember this is
a Sabbath day and good living Jews would attend Services either at the
local Synagogue or at the Temple.  The Disciples at the end of the
Crucifixion scattered, and who could blame them. The One they were
expecting to be hailed as Messiah was dead and quite possibly the Temple
Police would be hunting for them.  They may have gone to Bethany, where
Jesus and themselves had always been welcome.  Did they share a meal
with Lazarus and Martha and Mary and friends?  What about Sabbath
worship? This had been their life custom for as long as they could
remember.  If they did attend the local Synagogue, what were the
Scriptures and Prayers for that day?  Did ‘THEY’ talk of a coming
Messiah? Was the reading from Isaiah Ch. 61 or 62? Or could it be one of
David’s Psalms? Read Psalm 22. Were the Prayers seeking Yaweh to send
down Messiah?  When the congregation heard the readings did their minds
slip back one day? the cross, did they ‘see’ something different in the central figure? 
Did they recall, as the Galilean Preacher cried out - “ My God.  My 
God. Why have You forsaken me”? Did they recall David’s Psalm 22..
What of those who went to the Temple to worship that morning? What did
they see? What were their thoughts as they gathered and stared on the
torn remnants of the Curtain that kept them for seeing into the Holy
places of the Temple, hanging in tatters before their eyes?  This
Curtain was not just a normal household curtain it was specially made of
many materials and beautifully coloured.  It was several layers and
carefully sewn together. Just think, their pride and joy of the Temple
destroyed. They had gazed on it Sabbath by Sabbath and wondered just
what was behind it. Now all was revealed. The mystery of their religion
shattered.
Here is a thought.  Did the worshippers, both of Synagogue and Temple,
that morning begin to recall some of the things they had heard Jesus say?
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Find a hymn/song of worship and raise your voice in thanks to GOD who
loved the world (you and me) so much that only the best in Heaven, was
good enough to pay the price for our sin.God bless you this Easter
Time.   Tom.

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