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Category: Easter

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Yew Tree Planting at St Edwards

On Saturday 8th April, a yew tree sapling was planted by our vicar Chris Routledge and our associate minister, Keith Murphy. The sapling was grown from a cutting taken from a certified 2000 year old tree in the churchyard of St. Margaret the Queen’s Church, Buxted, East Sussex.  Hundreds of cuttings were taken during the…
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Call Nothing Unclean

Our bible readings for Sunday: Acts 11:1-18 1The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him 3and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.” 4Starting from the beginning,…
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Easter in Sofia

Alleluia, Christ is Risen! It is not actually Easter for another few weeks for the Orthodox Church in Bulgaria, but for the ex-pat community and other non-Orthodox congregations who worship in Sofia, today was most definitely Easter Day.  In the “Annunciation of the Lord” chapel on Oborishte 5, the English speaking community of Anglicans, Methodists, Episcopalians, Roman…
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Alleluia, Christ is Risen!

5 The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: “He has risen from the dead and…
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The Burial of Christ

38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. 39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of…
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The Death of Christ

28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I am thirsty.’ 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the…
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The Crucifixion

16 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others – one on each side and Jesus in the middle.  (John…
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Good Friday, 2016

It’s a chilly but bright day and I find myself back in Pernik. Generally, when you say to a Bulgarian that you live here, their immediate and constant retort is, “Why Pernik?”. To be fair, it is never going to win Bulgaria in Bloom, or indeed could ever be described as attractive! The saying goes,…
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Jesus Before Pilate

14 It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon. ‘Here is your king,’ Pilate said to the Jews. 15 But they shouted, ‘Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!’ ‘Shall I crucify your king?’ Pilate asked. ‘We have no king but Caesar,’ the chief priests answered. 16 Finally Pilate handed him over…
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