A Letter from  Reverend Rebecca…

Dear Friends,

On Easter morning the traditional Christian greeting is heard all around the world as Christians greet each other with the words:    ‘The Lord is Risen! Alleluia’ ‘He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia’.

It is the shout of praise, of hope, of joy and, this year more than any other, we need to hear and to savour such words.  For we have been on a long and dark journey. A journey of living in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic which, as we well know, has taken many of us to the depths of unimaginable grief on the loss of loved ones, to seeing lives changed for ever for those who have survived the serious illness of covid, to having not seen loved ones in person, face to face, for months on end. There is no doubt about it, we have been challenged way beyond anything we have faced before.

But in the middle of all this, a gentle light has continued to glow, the light of the faith of millions of Christians. Sometimes the light has been hardly visible but nevertheless it has been there. I have, for example, been very moved to see how the people across our three churches, St Cuthbert, St John, St Stephen have continued to be faithful in prayer, have continued to read their Bibles and continued to keep in touch with others.

When all our churches were closed during the national lockdown, it was very touching to see members of the church coming to support those who had lost loved ones and whose funerals were taking place in church; members standing outside for the whole of the service and in so doing communicating very powerfully to the bereaved family, ‘we are here with you.’

The light of faith too has shone in the way Reverend Les Thomas has used his gifts and expertise to produce weekly online services of worship, and the way in which these services have been embraced by so many, some tuning in way beyond our borders.  The online services have also revealed the depth of the spirituality of the members of our team who have risen to the challenge of crafting prayers, reflections, and so much more in their contributions. 

These are just a couple of examples of where the light of faith has shone during these tough times and, believe me, there are many many more. But there is of course no greater light than the light of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.

At Easter, amidst easter eggs, and easter bunnies, it is the light of Christ which shines out right across the world, in every corner, every place, upon every single person, whether followers of different faiths or none. A light which cannot be diminished but which brings to us the joy of the resurrection, and the sure knowledge that in his death and resurrection, death has had its day, in his resurrection we are assured of eternal life and we can be completely confident that we will one day see our Lord face to face and, in that encounter, we will then fully comprehend, fully know, fully accept just what our faith has all been about. And in that moment, we will be held like we have never been held before.

So, on Easter morning, let us all greet each other with joy and share the great eternal message of Easter:

‘The Lord is Risen! Alleluia! He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!’

Reverend Rebecca  Clarke  

Team Rector, The North Meols Team