News and Events at Twickenham URC
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Dear Friends of Twickenham URC,
Palm Sunday 2020 - and no hymns sung together and no palm crosses to take home.
But there is a good idea from our Catholic friends, that we could cut a small branch of greenery and place it in a window, as a reminder of Palm Sunday. Or maybe you have a palm cross from a previous year.
And what is Palm Sunday? It is when Christians remember Jesus riding into Jerusalem, seated on a donkey, a humble animal in contrast to a military war-horse, and a symbol of God's peace, mercy and justice which he was showing to people. The crowds got excited and cut branches to throw on the dusty road in front of him. "Hosanna" - "Praise God" - they shouted. "Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God."
Of course there were very different shouts soon after, when crowds were howling at the Roman Governor that the man Jesus should be crucified. I used to think that those two crowds were same, that the mood of the crowd had swung right round and turned violently ugly. I'm not so sure now. Perhaps some of the people were the same ones praising then screaming for the death sentence. But I suspect there were always some who hated the idea of their own power and certainties being challenged and could whip up their own mob. And there were always people who could see God at work in the rabbi Jesus, who grieved at the sight of seeing him crucified. What do you think?
With prayer and blessing for this coming Holy Week as we live through Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. We have much to pray for, a world of nations groaning together, lives in danger, and some who are grieving the deaths of loved ones. We do have the promise that God suffers beside us, and does not abandon us, as we hear again the stories of Holy Week and Easter.
During this pandemic, it is good to know that people are keeping in touch with each other and offering support by phone or social media. We are looking into trying to link up using 'Zoom', which is easy to download, for a short service at some point.
If you know of someone who would appreciate extra help, practical or maybe a chat on the phone, please do let me know.
Worship and church activities are currently suspended. Please see the banner above for more information.
Following on from our redevelopment of the Hall some years ago, the Sanctuary has now been refurbished with new underfloor heating and carpeting, a new layout to provide more space for worship and other events, a brighter look and much more. If you have not been to our church for some time, then come along to one of our services or events to see the difference!
There is still more to work do, of course - including hopefully the replacement of the large windows next year, and much more fundraising needed. See this page for further information about our redevelopment project and future plans.
After much fundraising effort and building work, the first phase of the redevelopment is now complete and our hall is fully open again. See this page for pictures.
There is still more to do, of course, and much more fundraising needed. See this page for further information about our redevelopment project and future plans.