#EasterLIVE Turning The Temple Tables

 15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’[c]? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’[d]”   18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.

 

15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’[c]? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’[d]

18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.

Mark Chapter 11

Exeter Good Friday Walk of Witness: 22nd April 2011

(EDIT Please see this for more upto date information)

Advertising break from #EasterLIVE with the following notice from Exeter Diocese:

Over the past three years a dramatised account of the life of Jesus, and why Christians remember his death on the cross as “Good” Friday has become a focus for large numbers of people in Exeter city centre.

Last year more than 1200 people attended the short service in the Cathedral and many hundreds more watched some or all of the drama on the streets.

Organised by Christians Together across Exeter (CTaX), the dramatised scenes and walk through the city centre have become a highlight for evangelistic witness and as a focus of unity among Christians, as we remember all that Christ achieved through dying on the cross.

The key points of the morning will be:

  • 10am – worship in the Cathedral before the walk, providing an opportunity for Christians of all denominations to worship God together and for the gospel to be proclaimed. The service will be led by new Canon Missioner Anna Norman-Walker, and the speaker will be Aran Richardson from Riverside Church
  • 10.45am – the walk will commence with the first scene on Cathedral Green, progressing to further scenes in Princesshay Square and Bedford Square
  • From Bedford Square the walk will continue in silence as Jesus carries the cross down the high street, ending back on Cathedral Green with the crucifixion scene
  • After the final scene, Pete Pillinger, Chair of the Methodist District will explain the link between Good Friday and Jesus’ resurrection which is celebrated on Easter Day after which the Bishop of Exeter, Rt Revd Michael Langrish will give a Blessing.
  • After that, hot cross buns will be distributed and the Cathedral doors opened for all who wish to come in for prayer and reflection.

For more information and contact details

  • Actors and drama production – we still need one or two extras to be Roman Soldiers and can always do with more to help behind the scenes – contact Andrew Brazier via email or on 07875587911.
  • For other information contact Revd James Hutchings, Chairman of CTaX on Exeter 294960 or via email
  • Follow Exeter Walk of Witness on Twitter or sign upto the Facebook Event Page

Whilst the sofa doesn’t feel its the best name ever, its always been worth checking out.

Ever Wondered What Part You Play?

The Sleeper

Zac trudged round the corner of the house with the kind of barely concealed rage that only a 15-year old can manage. This was all so embarrassing. Nobody else in the whole street tied their donkey at the front of the house instead of the back. Nobody else in the street had to do it religiously every morning like it was some kind of sacred duty. Nobody else got a lecture from their dad, or their grandad, or whoever else was up, about how this was a ‘sacred duty’. And nobody, but nobody, had to repeat the words just to prove they hadn’t forgotten them. It had been his dad this morning. ‘Say them out loud son’, he had said. ‘Say them out loud so I know you’ve got them’. In a monotone intended to convey his fury at this ridiculous ritual, Zac had intoned them once again . ‘If someone says’ the Lord has need of it’, I am to hand the donkey over without any further thought’. ‘Why’ asked his father. ‘Why does that matter in the name of all that’s holy’? . Zac resisted the temptation to say that he couldn’t care less, and gave the official response – ‘because we are sleepers dad, put here for this one sacred duty, this one single moment,and today it may come’.

He repeated the words in his head once again as he leant against the donkey’s warm and dusty flank and tied up its rope. Except, incredibly, they were NOT in his head. There, behind him, a stranger was uttering them. He looked as awkward as the boy felt, but there could be no doubt he was saying the ‘magic’ words. ‘The Lord has need of it’. Zac tried to reply, but his throat was constricted beyond speech. He simply handed over the rope, and watched the receding figures of man and beast as they disappeared off up the road.

Whatever would he tell his dad?

With Thanks to Richard Littledale

#EasterLIVE Mark11 Palm Sunday

8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,     “Hosanna![a]”     “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b]   10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”     “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”   11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
“Hosanna![a]”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b]
10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

Mark Chapter 11

#EasterLIVE Mark11 “Go to the village ahead of you”

 

PalmSunday: Mark Chapter 4 - Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King   1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”

1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”

Mark Chapter 11

Welcome to TheChurchSofa #EasterLIVE

Over the next week, the ChurchSofa will be giving its own slant on The Passion story as part of #EasterLIVE:

Easter(LIVE) 2011 from Share Creative on Vimeo.

As we’re telling the Passion in a series of photos, we’re going to post our #easterLIVE updates and then feed into Twitter…its just easier then crying over Hootsuite…

Now…

Along time ago in a Galaxy far far away… There is a war between the The Rebel Alliance and The Empire… But what if the war across the Galaxy stopped for one moment, and everyone came together to tell the Easter Story?

Sorry for any and all liberties taken over the next week BTW…