Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Church Matters

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Church Matters

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Easter hope

i read a story about the raising of a sunken submarine before the War. In those days this was a long and dangerous operation. A young naval commander was in charge and he felt his responsibilities very deeply because he spent his time on the bridge while his men worked below the water. Winter came and the work had to stop. The commander used the time to train as a diver so that he might share the dangers with his men. The work resumed and at last the submarine was raised. The crew gathered to shake the commander by the hand. One said, "You know, sir. There isn't a man here who wouldn't willingly do anything in the world for you." I find that story helps me to understand and learn from the Easter story. Jesus our Lord is our commander. By coming alongside and sharing human life in all its fullness, he showed us the Way. This included dying and rising on our behalf. Now we know that he understands our problems and the ultimate message of Easter is hope. Not just hoping for the best but a sure and certain hope which will get us through the valley of death because we know that he has travelled this way before us.


With the observances of the 200th anniversary of the 1807 act abolishing the slave trade, it is easy to focus on the prime characters like Wilberforce, Clarkson and the Clapham Sect. But there were others like John Woolman. "John who?" I can hear. An American Quaker, he worked in a quiet persuasive way to stir the consciences of his people. Later he crossed the Atlantic to speak at meetings in England. Shortly after arriving in York he contracted smallpox and died. His life will be commemorated in a Cantata at the Salvation Army Temple in Westgate Road Newcastle on Monday evening at 7pm.


BBC's Songs of Praise comes from Lichfield Cathedral tomorrow. How many of us will be looking for evidence that it was recorded at Christmas last year! …

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