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In today's world it seems everyone is trying to sell us ENERGY! Whether it be in batteries, fizzy drinks, snacks or coffee - it seems we need waking up!

The theme this week is ENERGY: what it is, why we need it and how God is involved! 

I once read an article about Max Planck, who won a Nobel Prize for his work with atoms. After years of study and research, Planck eventually said he could only know one thing -- that some invisible force holds together energy to create our tiny solar system and he must assume, based on his research, that some higher intelligence is behind this force.

SO, what if we crave and need ENERGY because we are in some way connected to the one that holds it all together?!
 


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John 20

The Empty Tomb

1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene 

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” 

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.


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Easter is all about the meaning of life. Right at the heart of the Easter story is one of the most powerful images of all time. It has gripped the imagination of millions and millions of people across the ages. It is the image of a man who has risen from the dead. Anyone can see in this image a strong message that we need to live our lives with a sense of hope and optimism and perseverance so that we can overcome whatever obstacles, trouble or suffering comes into our lives.

For Christians, however, the Easter message is even stronger. Christians truly believe that there is a force or ENERGY active in the world – i.e God – who can re-shape the physical laws which normally hold everything together.

SO, there is an ENERGY which can breathe life into that which was dead!

This week’s Bible bit is remarkable because of all the minor details it contains: who ran fastest, who went in and who saw what. Clearly, it has been told by people who were there and who want recorded exactly what they experienced because they were witnesses to the 'energy force' in action.

Feeling God's ENERGY alive in us is what brings meaning to life. And this is the message of Easter!
Jesus's resurrection reminds us that we can RISE UP out of bad situations i.e feelings of fear, sickness, failure - anything that holds us down! With God we can tap into the ENERGY that created everything!

What do you spend your energy on?

Our energy is a gift and we know how important it is to us when we don't have it. Think about how you feel when you're ill or really tired and have no energy. It affects our mood, we are much more likely to be grumpy, rude or even depressed. When we have no energy we can't be active, think properly, be creative or simply have fun!

*Think about your average week - where and what do you spend your energy on? Discuss with your form.


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*Watch the interview with Feranmi Oguns. He is the drummer of the jazz band The Outlanders. Listen to this thoughts of ENERGY!

You can also find out more about the band and their music by following the link in the media resources.

*Don't refuse to unfurl your energies…the world needs you!
What does this mean to you?



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Heavenly Father,
The image of Jesus, risen from the dead is not just for one Sunday in the year.
It is an image for every day, for all time.
We pray that we may grow to understand the significance of this extraordinary event for us, in our lives.
Help us to understand that Hope is irrepressible.
Help us to understand that Love is indestructible.
Help us to understand that Faith is unshakeable.
Help us to know, in our hearts and in our heads, that, if we tune ourselves to Your purpose, your energy can be released in us and through us into the world, for the benefit of mankind and Your whole creation.
Let it be,
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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John 20

The Empty Tomb

1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene 

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” 

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her
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In today's world it seems everyone is trying to sell us ENERGY! Whether it be in batteries, fizzy drinks, snacks or coffee - it seems we need waking up!

The theme this week is ENERGY: what it is, why we need it and how God is involved! 

I once read an article about Max Planck, who won a Nobel Prize for his work with atoms. After years of study and research, Planck eventually said he could only know one thing -- that some invisible force holds together energy to create our tiny solar system and he must assume, based on his research, that some higher intelligence is behind this force.

SO, what if we crave and need ENERGY because we are in some way connected to the one that holds it all together?!
 


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John 20

The Empty Tomb

1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene 

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” 

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.


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Easter is all about the meaning of life. Right at the heart of the Easter story is one of the most powerful images of all time. It has gripped the imagination of millions and millions of people across the ages. It is the image of a man who has risen from the dead. Anyone can see in this image a strong message that we need to live our lives with a sense of hope and optimism and perseverance so that we can overcome whatever obstacles, trouble or suffering comes into our lives.

For Christians, however, the Easter message is even stronger. Christians truly believe that there is a force or ENERGY active in the world – i.e God – who can re-shape the physical laws which normally hold everything together.

SO, there is an ENERGY which can breathe life into that which was dead!

This week’s Bible bit is remarkable because of all the minor details it contains: who ran fastest, who went in and who saw what. Clearly, it has been told by people who were there and who want recorded exactly what they experienced because they were witnesses to the 'energy force' in action.

Feeling God's ENERGY alive in us is what brings meaning to life. And this is the message of Easter!
Jesus's resurrection reminds us that we can RISE UP out of bad situations i.e feelings of fear, sickness, failure - anything that holds us down! With God we can tap into the ENERGY that created everything!

What do you spend your energy on?

Our energy is a gift and we know how important it is to us when we don't have it. Think about how you feel when you're ill or really tired and have no energy. It affects our mood, we are much more likely to be grumpy, rude or even depressed. When we have no energy we can't be active, think properly, be creative or simply have fun!

*Think about your average week - where and what do you spend your energy on? Discuss with your form.


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*Watch the interview with Feranmi Oguns. He is the drummer of the jazz band The Outlanders. Listen to this thoughts of ENERGY!

You can also find out more about the band and their music by following the link in the media resources.

*Don't refuse to unfurl your energies…the world needs you!
What does this mean to you?



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Heavenly Father,
The image of Jesus, risen from the dead is not just for one Sunday in the year.
It is an image for every day, for all time.
We pray that we may grow to understand the significance of this extraordinary event for us, in our lives.
Help us to understand that Hope is irrepressible.
Help us to understand that Love is indestructible.
Help us to understand that Faith is unshakeable.
Help us to know, in our hearts and in our heads, that, if we tune ourselves to Your purpose, your energy can be released in us and through us into the world, for the benefit of mankind and Your whole creation.
Let it be,
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.