Exminster Methodist Church, Main Road, Exminster EX6 8BT
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, Minister: Rev Ben Haslam, Telephone (01392) 256716
April Reflection The early church met in people's homes, one of which belonged to Mark's mother. Peter went there after he escaped from prison. Mark, companion to both Peter and Paul is thought to be the writer of the earliest gospel and in it he mentions a young man who runs away when he sees Jesus being arrested. This is taken to be Mark, himself. Mark doesn't seem to have found it easy being away from home and on one trip left the others to go back to Jerusalem, but he made sure we got to hear about Jesus through his writing.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer witnessed arrests as well during the atrocities of Nazi Germany. Although a pacifist, he found that speaking out and writing wasn't enough. Assisting in the plot to assassinate Hitler, his actions led to imprisonment, and execution just days before the end of the war. Bonhoeffer made Jesus known in his actions.
It takes courage to speak out, it takes courage to act, in Bonhoeffer's words “Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act”.