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This reflection was written for an Easter morning service where there were a range of worship activities and reflections on offer. This one could be used whole as a meditation, as a starter for discussion groups or an interactive service, or in part alongside a sermon.

Easter Sunday Morning Narrative Reflection
Background -
One Easter I thought it would be a good idea to create a papier mache tomb.  What I underestimated was how long it takes to cover chicken wire with strips of newspaper covered in wallpaper paste.  The first layer took around three hours.  As I prepared the strips and smoothed them over the frame, it was the first time I had time to pray and imagine through what it must have been like that first Easter for Joseph of Arimathea to have wrapped the body of Jesus, and  to put myself in the place of Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus, and Salome as they spent time from Friday night til Sunday morning
preparing themselves to touch and anoint the body of Jesus.
Reflection -
Do not be alarmed. He has been raised; he is not here.  (Mark 16:6)
Mark, he doesn’t share much does he?


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