Today we enter Holy Week and begin in earnest to journey with Jesus through the last days of his life. The triumphant entry into Jerusalem begins with excited crowds and a celebratory mood. After all, they have heard so much about him. More particularly, news of his raising Lazarus from the dead has spread rapidly, and everyone wants to see him. The text is full of symbolism: Jesus entering the City on a donkey will remind the crowds (who knew their scriptures well!) of Zechariah 9.9 which declared Zion's king would come riding a colt. Their spreading palm leaves under his feet was recognition of him as some kind of king - palms were a sign of victory.
You can see the trouble and tension mounting. The authorities, already nervous of the rumours about Lazarus, already worried that Jesus was a revolutionary coming to stir up trouble at Jerusalem's busiest time - the Passover - will see this event as a political challenge. They will consider they have no option but to find a way of putting him to death, perceiving him as a threat to their own power. And he is, but not in the way they think. Jesus is king of a kingdom not of this world, where the world's values are turned upside down. It is a kingdom where love is true power, and a sacrificed life will show God's love to the world. It doesn't come much more revolutionary than that.
HOLY TRINITY, MINCHINHAMPTON
8.00 a.m. Said Eucharist
10.00 a.m. Sung Parish Eucharist except First Sunday - All Age Service.
5.30 p.m. First & Third Sunday: Evensong (BCP).
Second, Fourth & Fifth Sunday: Said Evening Prayer
8.00 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday to Saturday - Eucharist
11.00 a.m. Wednesday - Eucharist (BCP)
4.30 p.m. Friday - Said Evening Prayer in the Lady Chapel
5.30 p.m. Monday - Thursday - Said Evening Prayer in the Lady Chapel
ST. BARNABAS, BOX
9.00 a.m. Eucharist with hymns.
8.00 a.m. Wednesday – Holy Communion
For additional services please use the Calendar.
Takes place every week from 2:30 until 4:00pm in the Porch Room or if really nice weather outside the church as in the picture.
Church members attend as well as non-church goers and a warm welcome and good cake awaits you. The Wednesday walkers often join us as they finish ready for a sit down and a cuppa. It is a good social gathering of friends and all are welcome to come and chat and meet new people.
Anyone on the electoral roll is welcome to attend the APCM. If you are not on the electoral roll of the church, do see Pam Page or the Rector - forms are available at the back to fill in. At the APCM we present the Annual Report and the Accounts, and will be electing the PCC. Do see the nomination forms that will be at the back of Minchinhampton and Box Church from beginning of April if you are interested in standing for election. Ideally we would very much value a member of Box Church standing for election to PCC so that Box Church is fully represented - indeed, we are supposed to have someone!
We also need to elect someone to stand for Deanery Synod, and if you would like to know more about this role, please speak to Margaret Sheather or Linda Jarvis, who are currently our other two representatives. This is an important role, and it would be very good to fill it.
Copies of the APCM and Finance Reports will be available at the back of both Box and Minchinhampton Churches also from beginning of April and mid April respectively.
Please do make this meeting a priority in your diary.
APCM 7pm, immediately following the Vestry Meeting, in the hall of Minchinhampton School.
Annual Reports are available and can be downloaded by clicking on the item you require.