Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
How wonderful it is to proclaim that Jesus has defeated death once and for all – for you, for me, for all people. So, how’s Easter going for you so far? Easter began on April 16th, but it continues through the Day of Pentecost, June 4th. We can divide Easter into two parts. The first three Sundays deal with the fact of the Resurrection and the events surrounding it. The remaining four Sundays deal with the meaning of the Resurrection: What does it mean to have a Resurrected Lord? What does an Easter life look like? Let me share an example or two with you.
I want to tell you how proud I am of All Saints and how we come together as a community to share the good news. Do you realize how many people were involved in some capacity in helping to make all of the services and activities happen during Holy Week? I counted over 30 people that in some way helped with Palm Sunday and the breakfast. *Please note – I know that I will be missing something in this list and before you read it – please accept my apologies.* So let’s start with Palm Sunday – here is just a sampling of participation to make that Sunday work: We start with cleaning, setting up tables and chairs, decorating, serving, dish washers, and everyone who prepared food for the breakfast and let’s not forget about those who ate J. Then there were ushers, communion assistants, altar guild, bread bakers, musicians, assisting ministers, readers, money stewards, acolytes, bulletin preparation, the list goes on (whew!) – and that’s just Palm Sunday. People leading from in front, so many people behind the scenes, all taking part as servants to those of us in need, and those in need in the community of believers.
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, was a wonderful opportunity to enter into relationships and ecumenical worship with our Presbyterian and Episcopalian brothers and sisters. Then Easter Sunday and experiencing the beauty and the Holy moment of Baptism. What a blessing that was for each one of us. A moment where we can live out again and remember our Baptism. Remembering that we were claimed by God but living into the story of the Resurrection that demonstrated God’s love for us.
Then five days later, everyone moves back into motion to reach out into the community through a simple spaghetti supper. So here is my point - We are a church that is involved with one another; we are a church that helps out where and when we can. We are a church that shares the good news through our actions. I am so proud to be able to serve among you as you work side by side. Good things are happening at All Saints and I am excited to see what happens next. Never take for granted the good things you are able to do when you help others. The Easter message is to go and share the good news; go and tell others that Christ is alive and loose in the world! That Christ is changing lives forever and we are bearers of that change. So this Easter season (we are still in Easter and will be until June 4th) go and tell others of what God has done for you and what God continues to do. Go and share the good news. He is risen indeed, Alleluia!