May 2019
From the Pastor

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Today, as I write this, is Monday afternoon after Easter.  What a busy and emotional week it has been.  During this past Holy Week, we again retraced  the steps of Jesus as he walked through Jerusalem, to the Upper Room, to Gethsemane, to the Sanhedrin, to Pilate, to Herod, back to Pilate’s seat of judgement,  and finally to the mount of crucifixion and the tomb.

It was also a week of disillusioned disciples. There was resistance to foot washing, betrayal, retreat, denial, a death watch beneath the cross and a hasty burial.

This past week we remembered not only the actions of Jesus, but also the actions of the disciples. This is glorious narrative of God’s love and an inglorious narrative of the disciples’ lack of faith. Yes, even the ones who laid him in the tomb planned to return after the Sabbath to finish the burial.

While we waited and held vigil, the narrative yesterday (Easter Sunday) turned to joyous celebration and now we begin a celebration that continues not just for one day, not just for twelve days, but for a week of weeks. Holy Week ends and a Week of Weeks begins.

What took one week and the last three days to finish, will take us eight weeks to absorb and live into. The resurrection is a faith journey. It is a journey that begins in the waters of baptism and goes on in an unending way throughout life into our own deaths and resurrections.

There is a Greek word that encompasses this journeying and remembering. The word is anamnesis.  The meaning is remembrance.  It is the word we use in Christianity as we gather at the Eucharist to remember the Passion, Resurrection and Ascension of Christ. It has its origin in Jesus' words at the Last Supper, "Do this in remembrance of me" Luke 22:19, 1 Corinthians 11:24-25).

In a wider sense, anamnesis is a key concept in worship as we recall God's saving deeds. This is not simply a passive process but one by which we actually enter into the Paschal or Salvation mystery. We proclaim, Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again!

So for us disillusioned disciples who at times resist, betray, retreat, deny and have a hard time believing, the risen Christ comes to us again and again week after week, day after day, assuring us of God’s forgiving grace; unbinding us from whatever holds us back; sets us free to love and serve all people following the example of Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Christ is risen!

Pr. Paul <><

 

p.s. Did you know???  The photo-a-day challenge reached 15 new people to either our All Saints Facebook page or my Facebook page.  Our best day had 35 photo submissions and we had an average of 14 photo submissions per day and an average of 37 “likes” per day.  Last tidbit of information is that we had people from 4 different continents participate.  I am so grateful to all who participated.  Thank you!

p.s.s. - Did you know that Luther said. . . . ???  “Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.”