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Happy Easter!

A year ago we did not expect to spend another Easter in lockdown but here were are! God’s ways are sometimes mysterious! There are so many things to say about Easter and its meaning that I do not even know where to start. But I’ll say three:

1) Easter is the celebration of the new creation “Behold, I am making all things new (Revelation 21.5). It is a feast of new beginnings and hope.

2) I’d like to quote St John Chrysostom (ca400):

Are there any who are devout lovers of God?
Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival!
Are there any who are grateful servants?
Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!
Are there any weary with fasting?
Let them now receive their wages!...
For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first.
He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour,
as well as to him that toiled from the first. …
Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again;
for forgiveness has risen from the grave.

3. As a feast of new beginnings and hope, Easter is an invitation to a journey with God and his people. There are too many things to say in one greeting – even one life is too short! Jesus said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ (John 1.38-39)

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

Tuomas Mäkipää, Chaplain

(Below is the wonderful Easter Cross built from the hopes of our Sunday School and Youth Group)
Tuomas & Cross. Easter 2021
Hope Cross 1

SERVICES & EVENTS

All of our Services can be viewed live on Facebook, or you can click this link to
watch on our website: Worship With Us
GOOD FRIDAY 2nd APRIL

10am Liturgy online

The Order of Service will be posted on the blog of our website and on Facebook

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EASTER SUNDAY 4th APRIL

10am Liturgy online

The Order of Service will be posted on the blog of our website and on Facebook

He is Risen
THURSDAY 8th APRIL EVENING PRAYER

6.00pm Click here to join us:

Thursday Evening Prayer

Order of Service Link

(This week we will have a lay person leading Evening Prayer, whilst Father Tuomas has a well deserved post-Easter break!)
Evening Prayer Poster

Easter Coffee Morning on Zoom

Please join us for a friendly cup of coffee and a chat online after the Sunday service as we celebrate Easter Day together!

Click here to join us: Zoom Coffee Link
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NEWS

Sunday School & Youth Group:

At Online Sunday School last week we used one piece of paper to tell the story of Holy Week...the paper became a palm leaf, a temple, an upper room, a cross, and an empty tomb! We then decorated the cross to reflect what we had learned about Holy Week and Jesus as the Servant King. We are now busy growing
Easter gardens!

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Please watch our Easter Hope video on the St Nicholas YouTube channel by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMkx0HHboXI
The children drew their hopes for Easter on a square of paper as part of our 'Build A Cross' challenge. Their hopes arise from the challenges we are facing during this pandemic but also from the social and environmental problems in our world. We hope you feel uplifted and hopeful with us, that together and with God's help, change will come! A big Thank You to all the children who took part!
Our hopes this Easter

Thank you to Erik & the Chamber Choir ...

for the wonderful music and all the time and preparation that goes into our online services. They have been especially busy during Holy Week. We look forward to welcoming back the full choir when it is safe to do so.
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CONGRATULATIONS

to Paula Heinisuo who is to be ordained in the Lutheran Church on 25th April. The other happy news is that she is engaged! Please keep her in your prayers.
Covid Update: Due to the ongoing pandemic, services will continue online until further notice. We will update you as and when we are able to welcome you back into Church again.
Do you have some news to share with the congregation? Please email office@anglican.fi

PRAY WITH US


Eternal God,
in the cross of Jesus
we see the cost of our sin
and the depth of your love:
in humble hope and fear
may we place at his feet
all that we have and all that we are,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Porvoo Prayer Calendar
This coming Sunday we pray for...

The Church of Sweden: Diocese of Uppsala, Archbishop Antje Jackelén, Bishop Karin Johannesson
The Church in Wales: Diocese of Llandaff, Bishop June Osborne

CONTACT US

Chaplain:tuomas.makipaa@anglican.fi
Father Tuomas Mäkipää (050-3099132)

Urdu Language Ministry: parvez.gill@anglican.fi
Father Gill Parvez

Churchwardens:churchwardens@anglican.fi
Arne Laitinen
Johnson Samuel

Council:council@anglican.fi
Henry Rawstorne
Hana Muraya
Daniel Jack
Vacant
Vacant

Director of Music: erik.riekko@anglican.fi
Erik Riekko
Sunday School Team: office@anglican.fi
Jane Mayhew-Smith
Jayawin & Tino Jayapal
Sarah Tahvanainen

Safeguarding officer:safeguarding@anglican.fi

Office Manager: office@anglican.fi
Sarah Tahvanainen

Deanery Synod reps:
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