Greetings to friends of Pilgrims Hall
Easter is almost upon us when Christians turn their minds to the events of Holy Week, starting with Jesus entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and culminating in his death and resurrection over Easter Weekend.
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. 20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the first fruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.
Easter is confirmation of all that Jesus taught and preached during his three years of ministry when he called upon people to repent and turn away from their sins. His death and resurrection provided proof that he was the Son of God and that salvation is in him alone. This is the hope of every Christian and the reason we rejoice at this Easter season.
Since I wrote last Christmas, there has continued to be much activity at Pilgrims Hall. We completed a Bible study series on the book of Isaiah (and successfully conducted them across continents through Zoom technology) and, more recently, undertook a series on Covenant Relationship both of which were well attended and received. We have continued to welcome many guests who have stayed for day and overnight retreats, and churches who have used our facilities for various events including Alpha courses. The bookshop has been well used and many people have enjoyed informal fellowship at the weekly Rendezvous Tea Room.
Unfortunately, the increase in the costs of living has begun to impact Pilgrims Hall, as it has everyone else, especially in regards to energy costs. Moreover, the need to undertake building repairs has also put further strain on our finances. Please pray for the Lord’s continued financial provision. We also ask for your prayers as the Trustees consider the future leadership of the Resident Team who are responsible for the day-to-day operations, particularly for the Lord’s guidance on identifying the right person to take on the role.
Easter closure dates
New Bible Study
I take this opportunity to let you know that on Saturday 10th June there will be a day long Bible study on the book of Ruth led by one of our Trustees, Mark Galliers. I encourage you to attend. Details can be found here.
I wish you a joyous Easter.
Chairman of Trustees, Pilgrims Hall