Happy Easter

What is Easter all about? Why do we have so much chocolate?

 CBBC explains the history of Easter, eggs and chocolate. 

 A weekend of wet weather in the UK could certainly turn us all into eating chocolate.

But the real Easter message is about Jesus, risen from the dead, alive and with us, here, now and forever.

The cross that we wear and the cross that he bore gives us the light to walk out into the world and proclaim him Lord, It takes away the power of darkness, it takes away the things that we do wrong and leads us in to an eternal life.

It is a love proclaimed, God who sent his only Son to be with us to show his love for all his people.

We are  lucky indeed

Rev’d Sue Martin

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Good Friday

The image is of the foot of the cross in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, which was built over the site of the crucifixion and Golgotha. We visited the church on our pilgrimage in 2015 and a fellow pilgrim took the photo of me, I was unaware at the time.

Arriving at Good Friday, the story of Jesus takes its inevitable twist into suffering and the passion of our Lord.

If we had been there would we have acted any different to the crowd? Maybe at best we would have walked away.

We know that Jesus was left by his disciples and followers as they hid from the soldiers and the baying crowds. But what would we have done?

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died.
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were an offering far too small; Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all.
Isaac Watts(1674-1748)


Rev’d Sue Martin


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I have a king who rides a donkey…

And his name is Jesus!

Palm Sunday with donkeys, Jimmy and Timmy.

On a warm Spring afternoon in the depths of Norfolk countryside, Jimmy and Timmy led our congregation from Abbey Farm to St Mary’s in East Walton.

Watching us from the chancel Jimmy had a quiet word with Timmy.

A beautiful reminder of the welcome given to Jesus as he rode in majesty into Jerusalem.

A wonderful way to start Holy Week in the Gayton, Grimston and Great Massingham benefice in West Norfolk.

Rev’d Sue Martin

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Journey of Discovery

Reflecting on a pilgrimage to Papua New Guinea in 2015 with Norwich Diocese UK, Rockhampton Diocese, Australia and Waiapu Diocese, New Zealand.

Meeting so many people of strong Christian faith, real joy.

Video of traditional greeting at Kimbe airport in West New Britain island, expresses the pleasure in dance and in greetings of welcome on to their land.

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Moments of Joy

Moment of joy are uplifting snapshots of wonder and amazement. They happen without any planning, divine timing maybe?

I was watching a David Attenborough programme where the camerman was poised above the blue ocean on a flimsy looking construction. He was filming albatross birds and described a moment of joy when birds flew together.

My moments of joy were this week at Shipdham church in Norfolk, talking about Papua New Guinea and remembering the swim in the South Pacific with the manta rays!

Rev’d Sue Martin

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Joy to the World

From Papua New Guinea to England, there is joy in every place. Sometimes we just do not see it!

At a community school, where all the staff are volunteers and life is quite hard, the chair of governors welcomes our pilgrimage from Diocese of Norwich in 2015, with joy and happiness in her smile.

Sometimes we just do not recognise the happiness and joy in our lives. So let’s go out there and spread the joy!

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it.

Psalm 24, verse 1

Bishop’s Lent Appeal, Norwich Diocese is to Simbai in Papua New Guinea

Rev’d Sue Martin

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Joy in Lent

Kalpana, brothers and sisters in the Himalayas. We support them.

Lent is a time for reflection and for giving things up. But why can’t it also be a time for joy!

This year as part of a Lent Reflection I will be posting about joy.


Joy can be seen all around us, it is infectious and children share it very easily.

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy. It is for all the people“.  Luke 2, verse 10.

What better news could there be.

Joy, happiness and blessings in abundance.

Rev’d Sue Martin







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The Transfiguration

Scene  from Mt Tabor

Three years ago I come back from the Holy Land where I had first-hand experience of Mount Tabor, seeing and walking  in in the place where the Transfiguration happened.

What was it that Jesus was asking his disciples here? Why once again, did he just take Simon Peter, James and John? How amazed were they as they stood and watched Jesus transform into dazzling brightness, how unbelievable that as the cloud descended there beside Jesus, stood Elijah and Moses?

Mt Tabor is a mountain that stands clear above the plain of now farmed land, it’s a proper mountain shape and as you ascend to the top, it feels very much like being on the top of the world.

And Jesus took the three there to try to open their eyes to what was happening.

Often in Jewish scriptures we hear of the ‘veil of ordinariness that normally prevents us from seeing the inside of a situation. This is a view and an insight into God’s kingdom, Jesus really did appear as the Messiah. The disciples were transfixed. They could see with their eyes wide open, the veil was removed.

There is now the magnificent Church of the Transfiguration on Mt Tabor and you can see more on my Holy Land blog.

Rev’d Sue Martin

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The Visit of the Magi

To show or to make known, to be made manifest, the meaning of Epiphany.

It is also a revelation or an ‘epiphany’, when all becomes clear.

In church it is marked by the colours of gold and white and is best known for the visit of the three wise men to the stable on the twelfth day of Christmas.

An interesting fact is that, around January 6, the symbol +C+B+M+ with two numbers before and two numbers after (for example, 20+C+B+M+12) is sometimes seen written in chalk above the doorway of Christian homes. The letters are the initials of the traditional names of the Three Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. These letters also abbreviate the Latin phrase Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.” The beginning and ending numbers are the year, 2012 in the example above. The crosses represent Christ.

Read more in Epiphany,Faith goes Walkabout

 Rev’d Sue Martin

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To Christmas Day and Beyond…

When the presents are unwrapped and the food is all eaten, what happens next?

In recent traditions Boxing Day and the days of holiday time, are spent in doing things, going for a walk, taking the dog and the children to the beach,visiting friends, visits to the cinema, planning the holidays ahead.

We were a little ahead this year and made the annual visit to the pantomine before Christmas, But such good fun and sharing time with family and friends is just the best thing.

But in all of that time, let’s not forget Jesus, he is  Christmas. And then let’s go out into the world and journey on.

When the song of the angels is stilled
When the star in the sky is gone
When the Kings and princes are home
When shepherds are back with thei flocks
The work of Christmas begins.
To find the lost
To heal the broken
To feed the hungry
To release the prisoner
To rebuild the nations
To bring peace among people
And to bring love to the heart.  Prayer – Anon

Rev’d Sue Martin




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