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The Revd Susan Durber, minister at Taunton United Reformed Church, is overcome with joy visiting the empty tomb

The more I become familiar with death, the more I find I believe in the resurrection. I’ve reached that stage of life, probably rather early, where so many people I have loved have died. Death is no stranger any more, no great unknown, but one of the boring facts of life which keeps reminding me of its existence.

I was recently in Jerusalem with, among others, a Franciscan priest. While we were there he went, very early one morning, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where he celebrated Mass in the small shrine at the heart of the church. You have to crouch down to get in.

Read more: Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Jesus' execution took place in the busy ordinariness of a crowded and unsettled city. That is part of the transforming power of the Easter Story, says URC General Secretary John Proctor.

Many a local church worships outdoors on Good Friday – processing along crowded streets, singing and silence in the market place, stations of the cross around community landmarks, pausing for prayer where people go to and fro.

Good Friday is the right moment for going public. Jesus was crucified in the thick and tangle of living, amid the tiredness and tension of difficult days. A lot of issues that shape our lives were swirling and gathering around his death.

Read more: Good Friday – the middle of everything

A prayer for Maundy Thursday

Loving God
you whose concern is holiness
in our way of living and being:
we thank you for
gifting us with a pattern
of bending over and down,
pouring out
compassion, care and love
for the other.

Read more: Love poured out

United Reformed Church Special Category Minister the Revd Peter Stevenson has completed six months as Site Chaplain to the Elephant Park Development in South London. 

The development currently employs 500 people and this is expected to rise to 2,000 when all the phases come on stream. The developers, Lend Lease, wanted to trial a chaplaincy service to add to their well-being programmes. The chaplaincy operates for four hours per week and has proved a great success.

Since last October Mr Stevenson has contact with around 350 people each time he makes a visit. He walks up and down the scaffold, wherever they are pouring cement, or driving piles. 'I present myself as a listening ear to all faiths and none.'

Read more: Peter Stevenson, building site chaplain

United Reformed Church minister the Revd Nigel Adkinson was among the flood heroes honoured at a reception at 10 Downing Street yesterday, 21 March.

Mr Adkinson, the minister of Radcliffe, Stand and Farnworth United Reformed churches near Bury, helped to coordinate the emergency response when floodwaters swept through parts of Radcliffe on Boxing Day 2015.

He says: 'This reception was a recognition of the flooding in the town of Radcliffe. And that is important, because many in the town feel that we are overlooked. It also recognises that the churches were instrumental in coordinating community groups working together.'

Read more: URC Radcliffe flood hero honoured at 10 Downing Street