Palm Sunday dawned bright and beautiful at Crosthwaite Church enabling the congregation to meet at the Church gate and process into the building bearing ‘palms’ to herald the beginning of Holy Week. Jesus’ triumphal march to Jerusalem was marked in a somewhat unusual style by Crosthwaite’s lay preacher, Barry Cox. He led the service dressed as perhaps Jesus would be clothed but talking as a contemporary ‘blogger’. The story was told of the march from Triumph to Tears using Biblical passages interspersed with Jesus telling of the events from his own perspective. These spoke powerfully of aspects of both Jesus’ humanity and his divinity; they connected the events of the Old Testament Exodus, the Passover and God’s plan for the world. Barry used the idea of the relay baton being passed from the Old Testament prophets of Moses and Abraham to the promise of a new life in Christ which could only be handed on to us through the death of Jesus on the cross. The congregation was invited to leave symbols of the blood and tears of Jesus at the foot of the cross in silent recognition of His sacrifice for us. The service had begun joyfully with hymns of praise and ended with a poignant and moving silence as the people left the church.
Crosthwaite’s Easter services are at 2.00pm on Good Friday and 10.15am on Easter Sunday with a 9.00am Communion Service at Underskiddaw. All are welcome.