Gunnedah's churches share their Easter messages ahead of Good Friday.
St Joseph's Parish, Gunnedah
The Last Supper is truly a remarkable scene as Jesus gathered with his disciples. The mood was one of confusion, uneasiness and there were whispers of betrayal. We often talk about the Last Supper as a celebration. What was there to celebrate? Well, there was much to celebrate.
At the Last Supper, Jesus broke bread with his broken community, Jesus gave us the gift of himself, and he gave them instructions to do this in memory of him. In this gift of himself we become bread broken for others in keeping his memory alive.
As a faith community, we have carried the memory of the Last Supper for two thousand years, and we continue to celebrate this life-giving gift this Easter. Wishing you all a grace-filled, safe and holy Easter.
Gunnedah Uniting Church
Once again it's time for Easter. This may mean for you holidays, Easter hat parades, chocolate, time to gather with the family. But it's truly time to reflect upon Jesus dying upon the cross, being buried and then raised to life once again; how that one major event, which happened over 2000 years ago, still affects the way that we live our lives today - to walk humbly, seek God and love like Jesus did.
TurningPoint Church Gunnedah
God is not dead as many people would like to convince you. Easter is a time for us to give thanks for Jesus' supreme sacrifice for us. He has overcome death and we can have a new life in him because of his victory over death.
At TurningPoint, you can hear the message of good news and receive the peace that only Jesus can give.
Curlewis Community Church
What can be said about Jesus this Easter that hasn't been said before? The timeless truths recorded by his mates, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, make such amazing claims they are always worth reading again. If you know Jesus, you frequently learn new things about him, and have new life experiences with him. According to the Bible, you can still meet Jesus today. Gunnedah shire has great churches, so go along to one, and maybe you will meet Jesus there this Easter.
Gunnedah Presbyterian Church
Evidence is needed for almost everything today. Talk of Jesus rising from the dead might easily be assigned to matters of faith, or as some term it, blind faith. But the evidence for Jesus being murdered, fully dead and buried, and then rising from the dead is well attested, and by any reasonable measure, even today, would be seen as validation rather than imagination. One Corinthians chapter 15 speaks about the many eye witnesses who saw him alive. His resurrection is wonderful - that in trust of him, fear of death need no longer rule.
Gunnedah Anglican Church
The Easter message of Jesus' death and resurrection as the saviour of the world, to make possible, peace with God, has been impacting countless lives for the last 2000 years. Those who see its significance are unable to go away unchanged but choose to turn back to Jesus and follow him with all his blessings.
Our broken and hurting world at present desperately needs the good news of this message. Have you seen it and are you living for the one that Easter is all about? Because His loving nail pieced arms are still outstretched.
Gunnedah Baptist Church
This Easter, remember the reason for the season. Jesus, who died to pay the penalty that our sins deserved, rose back to life to prove that it had been accomplished. As my own death nears, I am struck anew by the sheer magnificence of this ultimate act of love and sacrifice.
So my final challenge to Gunnedah is this - believe in love, and follow Jesus before it's too late, and receive forgiveness for your sins. Because the time of his return is getting closer. And judgement comes with his return.
Gunnedah Salvation Army
Easter is a symbol of God's great love for each and every one of us. It's a time to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus, God's only son; restoring our relationship with him. It's a time that brings unity, peace and love. Easter is a time for families to come together, to set aside our differences, to restore our relationships and to share love.