The theme for our Holy Week Services was ‘Forgive your Enemies’. This is what Jesus had to say about forgiveness, according to the Gospel of Matthew (18:21-22 How many times must I forgive someone?):
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, when my fellow believer sins against me, how many times must I forgive him? Should I forgive him as many as seven times?”Jesus answered, “No, not seven times, but seventy times seven”.
As Christians, we have been called by God to love one another and forgive each other and behave in ways which are loving and kind.
In our Holy Week services William, a Y7 student, played the part of Jesus and carried the wooden cross around the church whilst the hymn ‘Were you there when they crucified my Lord’ was played and images of Jesus’ life were projected onto the large screens. You could hear a pin drop. During the Offertory, all students and staff stuck a finger plaster onto the cross as a symbol of giving our hurt to Jesus. On the plaster we wrote something that we would like to be forgiven for, or something that we find difficult to forgive someone else for. The service was moving and powerful. We are all worthy of forgiveness, no matter what we have done.