Easter Greetings

Posted by Roger Cooke on Fri, 18 Apr 2014 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Please receive warm Easter greetings from all of us here in the CMS Ireland office.

One of the most remarkable aspects of the whole Easter story is how we are told about particular individual contact that Jesus had with various people – the cross carried by Simon; the others who were crucified with him; Joseph taking his body for burial; Mary at the tomb; his dealings with Thomas and one of the great highlights for me ‘But go, tell his disciples and Peter..’ (Mark 16: 7)

In amongst what is the most amazing story of salvation for the whole world Jesus has the time – and the concern – for those individuals who were part of the crucifixion narrative – and who needed to hear his voice at that particular time.

Just after Easter this year, we will be holding a very exciting celebration as we give thanks for 200 years of CMS in Ireland – and as we look forward to what God has in store for us in the next number of years. The Changing Times Conference will be held in the Armagh City Hotel on 15th and 16th May and then we will hold a big celebration on the evening of Friday 16th May in the same venue. You are all warmly invited to come along to the evening celebration and join with us in this wonderful opportunity to give thanks to God for all that he has done through CMS Ireland and to look forward with joyful anticipation to what lies ahead. There will be many other opportunities to get involved with the 200 year celebrations so please keep a lookout on the website to see what is happening near you.

CMS came to Ireland because of the vision and foresight of an individual; meetings were held because individuals attended them; Mission Partners were sent out to African and Asia – and across other parts of the world – because God called individuals to go. CMS Ireland still exists because of the commitment of many individuals over all those years. God still has the time – and the concern – for all of us as individuals as we continue to play our part in the unfolding story of mission – we are all called to be involved in mission wherever we are.

It is my hope and prayer that over this Easter, as we marvel at the depth of love it took for God to allow his son to be crucified, that he still has that same depth of love for us as individuals. Let’s listen out for his voice as he speaks our name….and calls us to service.

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