Easter message from Rev James StevensonApril 4th, 2012
Whatever the weather or time of year, I love walking down the Gloucester Road. It buzzes with life and energy. On a mild December night last year, my wife and I went out to dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary. In a bout of spontaneity we decided that we would choose a restaurant when we got to the Gloucester Road (or perhaps because I had forgotten to book one!). We soon found ourselves overwhelmed by the choice of 10 or more different national menus within 100 yards. It was a fun task choosing which one to opt for…
Even though I love walking down the Gloucester Road, nestled somewhere within that joy is a gentle but heartfelt sadness. I see as many former as current church buildings – a sign to me of a present reality and a reminder to us all of a bygone age. In spite of these signs and the rise of a new Atheism, I also see a community searching for a deeper meaning amongst an almost overwhelming choice of ways to be spiritual – other faith centres aplenty and classes everywhere for all types of spiritual stuff.
This Easter, the choice for spiritual food for you is overwhelming. You may not hunger yet, but if you do, where will you eat? Where will you go to get a type of food that truly satisfies? A type of food that endures? Jesus said I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. Following Jesus is life-giving, free and its all-you-can-eat. Why not try it? The Alpha Course is a great way to do that. The service isnt perfect but it does come with a smile because Jesus is most definitely the best meal on the Gloucester Road.
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