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27 March 2016 | Vicar Writes

Blessed Easter

By Terry Wong

The resurrection of Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the foundation on which Christianity is built. Without the resurrection, there would have been no Christianity, and the most dynamic movement in history would not have been. Someone who wanted to start a new religion thought he could get some advice from a Pastor. “Tell me, what was Jesus’ secret?” The pastor replied, “I should recommend that you first get yourself crucified and then die, but be sure to rise again the third day.”

Easter is the dawn of a new hope in our pilgrimage through a present world that is passing. We know what is coming and therefore, could live in the present with an Easter-filled hope, purpose and confidence. That is why Good Friday can only be called ‘good’ because of what has happened in the first Easter. If Good Friday is about the pain and suffering in the present creation which is passing away, the first Easter was about sparkling a hope for the new creation.

We warmly welcome guests to our special Easter Celebration Services this weekend, especially those who are coming to witness the baptism at our Saturday Service. I recall my own baptism at the tender age of 13. As I look back, that has brought so many blessings to me, my siblings and parents. It is my prayer that for these individuals, this step into the Christian faith will also signal a change for the better in their lives and their loved ones.

As for guest speakers, we welcome Pastor Don Wong, who heads up New Charis Mission to our Services at 8 am, 11.15 am and 5 pm. It is a ministry of second chance, offered in grace to those who have made grave mistakes with their lives. It is indeed suited to the Easter message of new life. Tony Low will also be sharing his personal story of healing and encounter with the Risen Lord at the 5 pm Saturday Service and Myanmar Service (Sunday 2.00 pm). Our Dean and Bishop is also speaking at the Dawn and 9 am Services.

Here in the Cathedral, we also run The Alpha Course which gives everyone an opportunity to explore the Christian faith. We warmly recommend this course to you and the next one will start in June. If you are interested, email alpha@cathedral.org.sg for more information.

We also have many Connect groups where you can connect with other friends in the Cathedral. Do contact us (connect@cathedral.org.sg) if you would like to visit one of these groups.

 

May this Easter be a life-changing experience for you.