This is kind of how the world thinks about Easter! But as those who know the precious gift of salvation opened for us on Good Friday and Easter Day, we cannot think the same way as the world about 29-31 March this year.
We have picked the theme of ‘hope’, which might not be the first thing a person thinks of when we talk about a death. But as we read the New Testament, Easter was the birthplace of Christian hope for eternity. Consider 1Peter 1:3:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hoped through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”
Our world wants hope. Our world needs hope. And this Easter period we will be looking into the hope our Lord Jesus gives.
Our Easter Services
Good Friday (29 March) – Jesus’ Death gives Hope
8am Word and Prayer Service
Easter Day (31 March) – Jesus’ Resurrection Give Hope
8am Service of Holy Communion
Plan your Easter to be centred around our Lord Jesus!
On Wednesday our Senior Minister Andrew met with the state member for Ryde, Jordan Lane. You might remember that Jordan participated in our State Election Forum last year. The following items were discussed:
Our Bicentenary year in 2026
Our application for a grant for a new accessibility ramp for our historic church to the City of Ryde Council.
An upcoming application to the State Government for air conditioning in our historic church
The possibilities of using St Anne’s Ryde as a Community Hub for social services such as mental health and financial counselling, housing and food services.
EMU Music Conference 2024
What is the place of music in our services… and in our lives? Everyone at St Anne’s is invited to come along to this conference at PLC Centre in the city on Saturday 16 March, 9-3pm. It is free for St Anne’s members. Please contact the office if you would like to register.
- Please pray for our term 1 sermon series from Matthew 8-11 . May this series help us to know God’s Word better!
- Please pray for members of our church who are sick or grieving, especially Edie, Rosemary, Susan, Lorraine.
- Give thanks for our Assistant Minister Tony, and his family who are back from annual leave.
- Give thanks for our Parish Council – for their tireless work in looking after our property, finances and risk at St Anne’s. Praise God for their servant hearts and attitudes.
- Pray for the upcoming Annual General Meeting. The new Vision Report for 2023 will be presented, and should be a great encouragement for all that God has done in and through us.
- Give thanks for the return of SRE to our schools for term 1, and for Des as our SRE co-ordinator.
- A prayer for Jordan Lane and all who serve us in government:
“Gracious Lord, grant to our governments and all who serve in public life wisdom and skill, imagination and energy. Protect them from corruption and the temptation to serve themselves. Help us all to commit ourselves to the common good, that our land may be a secure home for all its peoples; through Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace. Amen. “
SOAP Bible Readings
Read Scripture daily, write a few thoughts, an application and then pray.
This month’s diocesan magazine, Southern Cross, can be downloaded here
Ａ good text about Forgiveness
KELLER, Tim: Forgive: Why Should I And How Should I?, Hodder and Stoughton, 2022
A Great Resource
These daily devotions, written by Glen Scrivener take the reader through the Bible, pointing to Jesus, warming the heart and encouraging us keep going as a Christian. A big thumbs up from Andrew. You can order a copy from Koorong.
Words of Life by Timothy Ward