April 2013, page 1

FROM YOUR PRIEST

Happy Easter!!!   Alleluia!    Christ is Risen!    Alleluia!

As we commemorated once again the Feast of the Resurrection and enter the Great Fifty Days of Easter, “Christ is Risen” is not merely an event from the past, but rather a reality in our present lives each day.  And, we know the promise that “Christ will come again” defines not only the heart of our Faith, but the hope of a broken and needy world. The Easter season truly becomes a living expression of the hope that God brought into the world through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Nothing in all of existence is or ever has been or ever will be more important than Jesus Christ conquering death and bringing us eternal life. No wonder the Church devotes its longest season to this celebration. After a long forty days of preparation in Lent, we now enter the Great Fifty Days devoted to the celebration of this remarkable truth.

The beauty of the Easter season as we celebrate it in our tradition is that each Sunday we learn a little more about the miracle—a little more about its startling implications for our lives. Eastertide is a time to be reminded of the New Life to which the Resurrection calls us—not just in the life to come, but in this life—here and now. Since this hope of renewal and new life, both present and future, is at the heart of the Good News that the church is commissioned to proclaim and live in the world, every possible avenue of proclaiming that Good News should be utilized.

So, how do we plan to partner with God today in transforming despair into hope, apathy into compassion, hate into love and death into new life?  Perhaps, we each begin by praying daily to see God’s glory revealed in life and ask the Holy Spirit to empower us to become vehicles for God’s grace and transforming work in the world and among God’s people.  

An Easter Prayer (Adapted from The Book of Common Prayer)

O God, who for our redemption gave your only begotten Son to death on the Cross, and by his glorious resurrection has delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant that we who celebrate with joy the day of our Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit. Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection, empowered and transformed by your grace in and among us.

O Lord, so stir up in your church, indeed in each of us, that Spirit of adoption and reconciliation that is made possible by your grace revealed in Jesus the Christ, that we being renewed in both body and mind, may worship and serve you in sincerity and truth. We pray this in the name of the same Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

In Christ's love,

Cindy+