May, 2014 Page 1


Alleluia!   Christ is alive here and now!   Christ is Risen!
The Lord is Risen indeed!   Alleluia!

As I preached in my sermon for Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the single most defining moment of our Christian faith.  It carries a number of meanings for us: Christ is light and truth; death is not the end; resurrection happens; God’s power triumphs over human power; and our sins not longer separate us from God.  But, the central message of Easter is that Jesus Christ is alive and well, present and at work in the world in many different ways.  If we watch carefully, we will see him working in people and through people and among people.  A new life in Christ was seen with the baptism of Abby Schueler.  It is also a call for us to renew our own lives and to see new opportunities to enter into more meaningful and committed relationships with God and each other.

Throughout the Great Fifty Days of Easter, the Church’s most ancient and beautiful season, we will continue to proclaim, “Alleluia! Christ is Risen!”   For the next fifty days until the Day of Pentecost, in the Sunday Gospels, we will find the Risen Christ by a lakeshore…on a mountain top…coming through closed doors.  The Paschal Candle will burn brightly in our church as we, like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, feel our hearts burning within us and experience the fire of his love.  The color during Eastertide is white and all our liturgies are jubilant and inspiring.

As summer approaches, the Vestry has decided to try something new for our Wednesday Evening Prayer worship service.  From May through August, on the first Wednesday of the month at 6PM, we will have the Anglican Rosary led by Cynthia Wilson or some other designated parishioner.  On the second Wednesday of the month at 6PM, we will have our usual Healing Service with Holy Eucharist.  On the third Wednesday of the month at 6PM, we will have our traditional Evening Prayer and Holy Eucharist with the Gateway teens followed by food and fellowship.  On the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6PM, Mary Ratliff or Jansje Huyck or some other designated parishioner will lead Evening Prayer.  On the fifth Wednesday of the month, which falls on July 30, Allen Blair will be cooking out in our prayer garden.  We hope that more of you will join us for our Wednesday Evening Prayer worship services.

Many thanks to all of you who attended and helped with our Lenten, Holy Week, and Easter worship services.  I hope your experiences deepened and enriched your faith journey. 

Now as we have moved out of darkness into the glorious light of the Resurrection, may you all have a blessed and joyous Eastertide through the whole of the Great Fifty Days! 

In Christ's love,