April '23 Rector's Message
‘On earth has dawned this day of days, where-on the faithful give God praise! For Christ is risen from the tomb, and light and joy have conquered doom. Alleluia!’ Hymn 201 Words: Nikolaus Hermann
As we approach and enter the empty tomb of Easter, what do you give thanks and praise to God for? Is it for the explosive delight of Jesus’ resurrection - a mystery of hope that changed everything? Is it for what is being resurrected for the good of all in your life and in our communities? Are you entering the tomb almost on your knees with barely being able to make it through each new challenge? Do you seek the hope and virtues of Easter this year - healing, barrier crashing, truth telling, the lifegiving promise of God’s love for you and for all? The Easter-y heart of Christ Church is supported by the daring generosity of generations long since buried, and our daily operations are supported by the work, wealth, and wonder of persons like you. If you feel moved to make a special Easter offering, you can also make your Easter offering online through our website. Whatever you can give, it feeds the mission of Jesus’ abundant love right here and now.
Before we get to the empty tomb, we must follow Jesus to the cross. The disciples were weary and confused and shell shocked - and even at times in denial. In the end they felt his love, they knew what he taught, and were changed by the entire experience. We are rather like the disciples in our difficulties, but we also feel and know the nudging of the Spirit of God to not just let our discipleship get lost in the shuffle. Everyone who is taking the time to read this should make the space in their schedules and hearts to encounter the whole of Holy Week. If your wellness or your life demands prevent on-site worship, we love you and know you are there. Everyone else - God desires your presence on site, and you have promised to do so in Baptism. Come and see, wear whatever you want! Furthermore, if you look at the difference between people who check off Christian on forms and those who serve and attend anywhere in our area, there is a huge gap. That means that there are people in your life who Christ has been nurturing from before time, who need a community to help them align with the eternal good in the face of constant evil, AND IT IS YOUR WORDS of invitation will make all the difference in bridging the gap. This Holy Week and Easter - make the effort: gather as best you can, and invite a friend.