Easter Service 2011 - 20th April
More than 250 people joined us in the Emmanuel Centre to explore and celebrate the true meaning of Easter. The service, overseen by Canon Andrew Tremlett from Westminster Abbey, featured worship led by Tom Smith from Holy Trinity Brompton, together with two pieces performed by international violin soloist Ning Kam. Readings of the trial and crucifixon were followed by a time of reflection. As Ning played 'In Christ Alone', participants were invited to bring a pebble, distributed prior to the service, to the large cross borrowed from the Abbey. The service continued with a reading of the resurrection so that those who do not normally attend church could understand the point of the crucifixion.
Our speaker, Jonathan Aitken shared thoughts about the importance and evidence of the resurrection. He pointed out that it would have been impossible to maintain a pretence of the resurrection unless it was true and remarked that many of the references to the resurrection of Jesus in the Bible are everyday occurrences - meeting disciples on the road to Emmaus; cooking breakfast on the seashore, etc. Ning then played 'Amazing Grace' in her own inimitable style building up to a crescdendo which brought spontaneous applause from those attending.
After a time of prayer for the forthcoming royal wedding and for families, Tom led us in a time of celebratory worship which put the seal on a beautiful service.
As guests left, they were served hot cross buns kindly provided by network members and chatted with stand holders from XLP, Shaftesbury Partnership, Christian Medical Fellowship, Tearfund and Stop the Traffik.
More than £750 was raised towards the costs of the service and our chosen charities - the Japan Tsunami Disaster Appeal and the Urban Youth Charity XLP.