Welcome to our Easter Resources. If you would like to listen to the Easter story, told from Peter's point of view click here:
Below are resources for you to use each day:-
Within the church building at WBC we are hosting a reflection time with stations of the cross. This is a time for you to pause and meditate on the Easter account. At each station there are various readings as well as images and other tactile activities for you to participate in. There are 1 hour time slots available from 9am – 9pm. In order to attend this event you need to book in via https://rsvp.church/r/iepgkEVd
or by contacting the office.
Prayer for today
You sent your Son into the world,
And before his hour had come,
He washed his disciples’ feet.
You had given all things into his hands.
He had come from you, and was going to you,
And what did he do?
He knelt down on the floor,
And washed his friends’ feet.
He was their teacher and their Lord,
Yet he washed their feet.
Lord God, help us learn from his example;
Help us to do as he has done for us.
The world will know we are his disciples
If we love one another.
Strengthen our hands and our wills for love
And for service.
All glory be to him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and forever. Amen.
Today begin by preparing your heart. Spend time with God in readiness for him to reveal to you by the Holy Spirit anything he wants you to learn or experience today.
When you are ready watch the video below.
Today, we want to reflect on the unstoppable, persistent love of Jesus. We want to remember the immeasurable love that he has embraced in his very being for everyone, from the beginning. A love that led to a cruel, torturous cross. A love that is hard to express, a kind of love that is hard to put into words. A love that has the astounding ability to change our life on earth and a love that changes our eternal life. A kind of love that causes us to bow in holy reverence and awe. Today, we stop to reflect on this far-reaching, outlandish love and remember Jesus’ blood, his body… his sacrifice!!
When you are ready watch the video below
Today is about reflecting on the will of the Father. Even Jesus reflected on what it would be like to say the yes’s of yes to his Father’s plan for him. When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, he had to go through the process of giving complete, willing submission. What was he thinking? What was he feeling deep within, when he said to his disciples, “my soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me?” What was Jesus inwardly wrestling with the first time he, in excruciating agony, talked to his Father, “if it is possible, please save me from this time of great pain.” Or the second time, returning to clarify his willing heart with his Father, “but Father, I do not ask you to do what I want. Do what you want for me.” And yet a third exchange with his Father, “if this cup cannot be taken away, unless I drink it, your will be done!”
Was Jesus thinking about the worst thing that could possibly happen; in that, His Father would turn his back on him because of the horrid, unholy, disgusting sin he would carry? Oh, the unbearable loneliness in that moment being separated from His Father!! Was he wondering if the people he loved immensely would understand his heart for them, would they live their lives in ceaseless gratitude? Would they understand the abundant life they could have? When he died, when he went through that suffocating darkness, when he would go – what then?
Reflection Thoughts (reflect for 1-2 minutes each) – perhaps write your own thoughts down
Reflect on what the disciples might have thought and felt.
Reflect on what Judas might have thought and felt.
Reflect on what the authorities might have thought and felt.
What might God have thought? How do I feel now? (2 minutes to write your own thoughts)
Reflect on what the early followers might have thought and felt.
Jesus followed the will of his Father because of his great love for you. He was willing to go to the cross to redeem all of mankind, but he would have gone to that death on the cross just
for you. Today as we look forward to Easter Sunday think about the sacrifice made for you.
When you are ready watch the video below.
Prayer for today
We remember today, the pain and suffering of the cross, and all that Jesus was willing to endure, so we could be set free. He paid the price, such a great sacrifice, to offer us the gift of eternal life.
Help us never to take for granted this huge gift of love on our behalf. Help us to be reminded of the cost of it all. Forgive us for being too busy, or distracted by other things, for not fully recognizing what you freely given, what you have done for us.
Thank you Lord that by your wounds we are healed. Thank you that because of your huge sacrifice we can live free. Thank you that sin and death have been conquered, and that your Power is everlasting.
Thank you that we can say with great hope, “It is finished…” For we know what’s still to come. And death has lost its sting. We praise you for you are making all things new.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Today is often forgotten as part of the Easter account. If you wish to you can bake some bread in preparation for our service tomorrow. Here is a simple recipe that doesn’t require any kneading!
Of course, you can always use your own recipe if you prefer.
If you want to you can share with us some pictures of your bread. Send the photos to the office via email or upload them to our Facebook page (search up Wymondham Baptist church)
As you prepare your bread perhaps you want to use the reflection below to ponder on.
Prayer for today,
Heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus before His death, though He was suffering and in excruciating pain, asked You to forgive His mockers and murderers.
What great love must the Lord have. Though they spat, mocked, stripped and whipped Him and crucified Him to death, he asked for them to be forgiven.
Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Taking example from Jesus
Father, we pray to take this example. We forgive and pray for our enemies, for all those who have hurt and broken us. Even those who have caused a death in our families and those who have damaged our lives and personalities.
Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Praying for a compassionate heart
Though the hurt is deep and its effect everlasting, we pray that we may forgive in the same way Jesus Christ forgave us and set us free from all our sins. The way He was compassionate, merciful and loving in all His pain, shame and suffering.
May His great love for us on the cross be embedded in our hearts and be the greatest memory of our Saviour Lord Jesus, who is the Truth, The Way and The Life, now and eternal. Amen!
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Join us for breakfast! Bring your favourite breakfast along to our zoom service as we praise the risen Christ. Paul will lead us in an all-age celebration service. During the time of morning worship we will be taking communion together, where you can use your bread you prepared the day before, don’t worry if you didn’t get the chance to make it or had a disaster just use what you have. We will be starting our service at 10am not our usual 10:30. There will be time for reflections, prayers and sharing together. Paul will be bringing us a message from the gospel of John chapter 21 as we close our series on total forgiveness. Zoom details are Log in ID - 87015605160, Passcode - 606355.