Details of Easter Ibiza Church Services in English and an Easter view from the pew from Reverend Michael Savage.
English Speaking Church on Ibiza & Formentera, Easter Services
- Good Friday Meditation: April 19 – Chaplaincy House – 12 noon (directions on website)
- Easter Day Sunrise Service: April 21 – Es Canar, Zodiac Apartments, 6:45am
- Easter Day Service: April 21 – San Rafael Church – 10:30am
more information and contacts below.
Easter View from the Pew
- Revd. Michael Savage
What´s An Easter Surprise…….. besides bunnies that lay chocolate eggs ???
“I’ve got a surprise for you, so shut your eyes and hold your hands out” – how often we have said that to our children, and the excitement mounts, wondering what’s coming!
This month, dear reader, I’ve got a surprise for you. So can I ask you (in so many words) to shut your eyes and hold your hands out? I don’t know anything about you or your circumstances; you may be excited, you may be down in the dumps, depressed, disappointed, weighed down with problems to do with family, health, work, worries about the future, or whatever.
Whatever it may be, the surprise is that the Risen Lord Jesus is right here and now available to you, coming alongside (as in the Upper Room that first Easter) and saying “Peace be unto you”.
Right from New Testament times onwards, the Good News has been that on the first Good Friday, Jesus took all the rubbish of our lives, all the mess that we have made of things, or that others have done to us, and cancelled it out on the Cross (somehow, beyond our understanding, destroying its potency). In its place He offers us His peace and love and energy in exchange – if we will but hold our hands out to take hold of His gift. And some of you reading this will know this in experience already.
Others may be asking “But how?” Two walkers on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24) and Saul of Tarsus (Acts 9) were similarly bewildered, but then had a ‘eureka’ moment. Likewise in our own day C.S.Lewis’s story can be found in his autobiography “Surprised by Joy”. Another writer who thought it was all poppycock was Frank Morison, a lawyer, who set out to examine the evidence and disprove the resurrection story once and for all, only to find that the evidence he gathered compelled him to change his (and many others’) minds – see his book “Who Moved The Stone?”
Yet others may feel they are no-hopers, too far gone to qualify for such a gift, too messed up even to hold out hands to receive such a gift. I know it is not easy to admit to that. Don’t let yourself be put off by such negative thoughts – because wherever you are today, whatever your past, whatever your problems, the consistent message of the Scriptures is that God wants to bless you, heal you, forgive you, raise you up and restore you.
That’s the Easter surprise – so shut your eyes and hold your hands out, ask and receive!
English Speaking Church on Ibiza & Formentera
Tel 606 509 542
1st & 3rd Sunday services are in San Rafael Church, 1st Sunday 9:30am traditional & 10:30am bilingual Family Service – café & cake served in the cloisters between services.
2nd & 4th Sunday services are in Sta. Eulalia Chapel of Lourdes 10:30 am
5th Sundays, please see website