Jesus’ resurrection shows the proof that life goes on beyond the grave for he is the firstborn from the dead – as Paul puts it. Resurrection places us in the new Jerusalem of Revelation 21:1-7. It allows us to know that we have life in Jesus now which will not be taken from us, even by physical death, and that we have our place in eternity secured. This is not just a comfort but also a call to arms, for to have such treasure and not to share it is to fall short of the command to love one another as Jesus has loved us. What could be more loving than to introduce another to the risen Jesus? This is what a witness does, and what the women who discovered the empty tomb did. Meeting the risen Lord on their way back to see the disciples, they passed on the most amazing news possible. Jesus who they watched die only 3 days ago, is alive! Oh what a wonderful moment in time for them, and us. Imagine with me your most loved relative or friend walking into your lounge room, alive, completely healed, able to eat and drink with you. Imagine speaking with them again, laughing and being able to hold them again. Imagine it. Now recognise that this is real. Real in that they won’t walk in on us, but we will walk in on them. Alive and free to laugh and hug and feast on our favourite things together again. Free to worship the Lord who has saved us, and never to be separated by death again. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? What is even better is that we have this already. It will come to us either when we pass through death ourselves or when Jesus returns, but it is ours now. Our future is certain. We are people of the resurrection, and we serve a living Saviour – Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!
Christ is risen, he is risen indeed! Hallelujah!
Easter Services And Activities
|Sunday (Easter Day)||06.30am Easter on the Beach|
|10.00am Family Easter celebration|
|MONDAY:||Study Group, “Truth and Freedom”|
|St Mark’s, 7.00pm|
|Contact Kevin or Anne (0438 234 857)|
|TUESDAY:||“Zoom” Study Group, 7.00pm,|
|Contact Graeme (0490 664 843)|
|WEDNESDAY:||Holy Communion, 10.00am|
|Study Group, St Mark’s,11.00am,|
|Contact Keith (0419 551 082)|
|Craft Group, St Mark’s, 12.30pm,|
|Contact Robyn (0409 425 044)|
|THURSDAY:||Women’s Bible Study, St Mark’s, 9.30am|
|Contact Fay (0401 404 280)|
|Men’s Coffee & Chat, Blackthorn Café,|
|10.00am Contact Steve (0437 984 679)|
|FRIDAY:||JANICE’S DAY OFF|
|“Zoom” Prayer Meeting, 1.30pm|
|Contact John R (0421 425 156)|
|10.30am||Family Worship with Children’s Ministry.|
|(Holy Communion – 1st Sundays)|
|5.00pm||Healing Service – 1st Sundays.|
|(5th Sundays)||10.00am||Combined Service.|
|WEDNESDAY:||10.00am||Holy Communion Service.|
Parish Contact Details
|Monitored contact points||0493 280 691|
|Parish Web Addresses||www.stmarksdromana.org.au|
|Pastoral Care Coordinators||Kevin and Anne Cranwell (0438 234 457 Kevin)|
The Alpha Course
The present Alpha Course has now finished and will meet as a Life Group at a time and day to be decided. A new Alpha Course will begin in Term 3, July/August (details to follow). Would you like to join the Course?
For more details, contact:
|Carol Copp||0411 405 597|
|Steve Parkinson||0437 984 679|
Can You Help?
We are asking if anyone has contact with a sign writer or knows of someone we could ask. We need to update the Church Sign in the front of the Church with Janice’s new details etc. If anyone has a contact or knows of someone who could do this would they please contact me.
My details are 0490 664 830 Cheryl King.
Beth Harper has passed away and her funeral will be on Friday 14th April at 11 am at St Mark’s with a burial to follow at Rye.
This Week’s Prayer Focus
In our country and the world:
- For rational and considered debate about Indigenous Voice to Parliament.
- For peace and unity in countries around the World.
- For those affected by natural disasters in many parts of the World.
- For the people of Lithuania as the war in Ukraine brings back memories of the atrocities Moscow committed against Lithuania and others from World War II onward.
- For the people of Vanuatu where a national state of emergency has been declared for the next six months following two earthquakes and two cyclones in as many days, and the ADF on HMAS Canberra helping with the clean-up and delivering aid and assistance.
- For aid agencies such as “Save the Children”, Oxfam, CARE, UNICEF, World Vision.
In our community:
- For teachers and students.
- For doctors, nurses, paramedics, Coast Guard, CFA & SES members.
- For local community outreach groups such as the Dromana Community House and “Food for All”.
In our Diocese and beyond:
- For Archbishop Geoffrey Smith’s ministry as Primate of Australia.
- For Archbishop Philip Freier’s ministry n the Diocese of Melbourne.
- For the ministry of Bishop Paul Barker in the Jumbunna Region and for Archdeacon Helen Phillips in the Frankston Archdeaconry as she recovers from surgery, and for John as he supports Helen.
- In our Deanery, we pray for the Parish of Mornington & Mount Martha, their Vicar, Rev Helen Phillips, Assistant Priest John Phillips, and Children & Families Minister, Rev Liz Rankin.
- For the work of the Church Missionary Society and Wei-Han the Victorian Director.
- For Christian churches around the world to be free to worship and be witnesses of the love of God as shown through the coming of His Son.
In our Parish:
- For our leadership and ministry teams.
- For Rev’d Janice O’Gorman our Vicar.
- For the finances of our Parish.
- For our Parish, its members and those we reach out to every week.
- For: Harper Family, Jan Glass, Shirley Chesterman.