St.Martin of Tours
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Sunday 11 April 2021
The Second Sunday of Easter
‘Fill me with life anew, that as you love, so may I love, and do what you would do’ – you may recognise the words from a well known and much loved hymn. Did you remember the first line? It is of course, ‘Breathe on me Breath of God’.
The Breath of God was first breathed into Adam in the story of Creation in Genesis (2:7) to give him life to tend and care for God’s wonderful world.
In today’s gospel the frightened disciples are gathered in a locked room when the risen Jesus appears. He first greets them with a blessing of Peace, followed by a commission, ‘as the Father sent me, I am sending you.’ Then he breathes the Spirit into them, giving them the authority to release or retain the sins of others.
In our sinful world today it is all too easy to retain sins, national and social media are quick to apportion blame, spread hatred and accusation, and seek retribution and revenge. How the world needs the Christian virtues of the love. peace and forgiveness revealed in Jesus, and passed on to his disciples.
We do well to remember the lovely prayer of St. Teresa of Avila:
‘ Christ has no hands but your hands to do his work today.
Christ has no feet but your feet to speed men on his way.
Christ has no lips but your lips to tell men why he died.
Christ has no love but your love to win men to his side.’
Services have now resumed in Church and Well Hill, complying with Covid 19 regulations.
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It is with great sadness that we have learned the news of the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.
We are invited to join in remembering His Royal Highness in prayer with these words: