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Easter 2018: Explore ‘compassion’ with us this season

20 March 2018 Wesley Mission news

What does compassion mean to you? Many associate the word with sympathy, concern and sorrow for others.

But if we look a little deeper, at the Latin origins of the word ‘compassion’, we see that having compassion actually means to ‘suffer with’ someone. To unite with people in their suffering with the desire to alleviate it, which is exactly what Jesus did for us on earth.

This Easter, we honour Jesus and remember the compassion He showed us when he sacrificed his life. Jesus’ compassion for humanity is what we are all about at Wesley Mission. His sympathy and concern for suffering motivates us to support those in need.

We invite you to join us in celebration with a number of events throughout Holy Week.

Palm Sunday procession through the streets of Sydney

Palm Sunday: Join our procession to celebrate the compassion of Jesus

Start Easter Holy Week by celebrating Palm Sunday with us.

Help us to re-enact Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem in a joyful procession through the streets of Sydney on 25 March. On this ‘walk of witness’ we will wave palm branches and sing Christian songs, before coming together for a short celebration and message under the Cahill expressway.

Remember the compassion of Jesus while enjoying a delicious meal

Easter Luncheon: Connect with friends old and new

Remember the compassion of Jesus while enjoying a delicious meal at our annual Easter Luncheon, taking place at the Wesley Centre on 27 March. Every year it proves to be a special and bonding experience, allowing you to connect with loved ones and make new friends.

This year you’ll hear an Easter message from our Superintendent the Rev Keith V Garner and performing will be talented singer-songwriter Jordan Worner, who is passionate about leading people into God’s presence through music.

 The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP Attorney General of New South Wales

Reflect on the Easter message at our Easter Breakfast

Continue to discover the depth of the meaning of ‘compassion’ at our Easter Breakfast.

Now in its 55th year, this tradition is much-loved by people from all walks of life. Gather with friends, family and colleagues for a delicious meal on 28 March at the Wesley Centre.

Our superintendent Rev Keith V Garner will reflect on the message of Easter, as well as interview special guest The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP Attorney General of New South Wales.

 Good Friday Martin Place street theatre

Good Friday: Remember the compassion, love and sacrifice of Jesus

Join us in the Martin Place street theatre on 30 March to bring to life the events of the first Good Friday.

Watch a moving re-enactment of Jesus’ final hours, as He was arrested, tried and convicted. Follow Him to His place of crucifixion in a procession made up of parishioners, supporters and passers-by. You’re invited to then reflect with our congregations and to hear a special message to commemorate the occasion.

Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at the Sydney Opera House

Easter Sunday Sunrise Service: Jesus lives!

Joyfully celebrate Jesus’ resurrection at our Easter Sunday Sunrise Service—the service with a difference! Broadcasted from the Sydney Opera House across a range of TV, radio and online channels, it’s a wonderful opportunity to be part of an international service on this special day.

The service includes testimony, music performances by Australian Christian country music artist, Steve Grace and scriptural messages from Rev Keith V Garner  that encompass our Easter theme of ‘compassion’. Following the service there will be hot cross buns, warm drinks and time to gather with friends and family at the Sydney Opera House forecourt.

The Easter Sunrise Service will also be live streamed from our website and Facebook page on Sunday 1 April at 6 am.