Alleluia, Christ is risen!
This is the Easter acclamation, which we shouted in worship this past Sunday. Jesus’ resurrection is foundational to our faith as Christians, and as such, the church has taught for centuries that Easter is so special it should be celebrated longer than simply one day. Because of this, we joyfully celebrate Easter for 50 days (The Great Fifty Days) – from Easter Sunday all the way till Pentecost. As Christians we feast and celebrate longer than we fasted during Lent (40 days) because the resurrection is that important, and it also reminds us that at the end of all things we will be feasting at the Great Wedding Banquette far longer than any suffering or sorrow we experience now.
With the above in mind, we at St. Luke’s will be celebrating Easter a little differently this year. First, each Sunday during worship, the sermon will explore some kind of foundational truth of who we are – as Christians, as Episcopalians, as St. Luke’s. Just as the resurrection is foundational to our faith, we will examine specific foundational beliefs in order that we may live more joyfully and confidently in the light of Christ’s resurrection.
Secondly, I would like to invite you to join me and my family every Saturday evening during Eastertide at St. Luke’s for a cookout. We will bring the hamburgers & hotdogs, you bring a side dish, a game if you’d like, beverage of your choice, and of course a readiness for fellowship & fun. This will begin next Saturday, April 29 around 5:30 p.m., and continue till June 3, the eve of Pentecost. Everyone is invited, so come for one Saturday, or every week, and join us as we celebrate and “feast” together!
My hope for each of us during this period of the Great Fifty Days of Easter is that we know and experience the resurrection of Jesus more and more in our own lives, and in the life of our church.
The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!
With Faith, Hope & Love,