Here are the services over Easter in All Saints’ Church:
- Thursday 29th March: 2pm Ashdon Primary School Easter Service
- Thursday 29th March: 8pm Maundy Thursday Communion
- Friday 30th March: 12noon Good Friday Hour at the Cross
- Saturday 31st March: 6:30pm Easter Worship
- Sunday 1st April: 9:30am Easter Sunday Communion
Christians believe that the whole of human history is centred on four days, almost 2000 years ago, in the city of Jerusalem; and, as in every year, we recall the events of that time in our services.
Thursday afternoon, in what we call Holy Week, will be a time for the children of Ashdon Primary School to climb up the hill in a long crocodile. Last year they told the Easter story and led our worship with some wonderful singing. Thanks to Mrs. Clark, Ashdon children sing together beautifully, and it’s wonderful to hear their voices filling the church building.
On the Thursday evening in Jerusalem, Jesus met with his friends for the Last Supper. We re-enact this every Sunday in our communion service, but what better day to receive bread and wine than Maundy Thursday. We usually gather round a table in the South Chapel of the church and try to imagine what it was like for those first disciples. They did not know what was ahead for Jesus and themselves, but they could sense that they were on the eve of momentous events. After the meal, Jesus took them to the Garden of Gethsemane where he was arrested – he was tried and condemned that night.
During the next day, Good Friday, Roman soldiers took him across Jerusalem and then nailed him to a wooden cross. We commemorate this in All Saints’ by meeting for an hour from 12noon on Friday for a time of quiet meditation.
Easter Saturday is when we remember Jesus in the tomb, but with a real sense of joyous anticipation for the following day, so it is a time for looking forward as well as back. This year we will be joined by Steve and Sam Rademan who have ministered a number of times in All Saints’. They will bring some contemporary worship, drawing on songs that have been written in recent years, as well as hymns we are all familiar with. Easter was traditionally a time to be baptised. St Paul wrote:
Don’t you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. (Romans 6:3-5)
We are firmly connected to Jesus through our baptism – going under the water and emerging again is a picture of Jesus dying, being buried and rising from the dead. We will celebrate this on Easter Saturday from 6:30pm.
Easter Sunday is a time for the whole family to gather together to give thanks for all the Jesus accomplished by his death and resurrection. If Jesus had not risen from the dead, our hopes for heaven and the life to come would just be wishful thinking. Benjamin Franklin wrote ‘in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes’. We all have to pay our taxes, but that other great inevitability was defeated when the witnesses saw the risen Jesus on the morning of Easter Sunday. In All Saints’ we will meet at 9:30am, again joined by Steve and Sam Rademan. We will have special activities for children including an Easter Egg hunt.
There will be a warm welcome for everyone at all of these services.
Team Vicar, All Saints’ Church, Ashdon
The Vicarage, Radwinter Road, Ashdon CB102ET
Tel. 01799 584171