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Easter 2013

The tomb is empty! Come and see where once the body lay.

Can it be true that Jesus Christ is raised to life today?

("The Tomb is Empty! Come and See" Hymn #230 Book of Common Praise)

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

 

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, it is my most sincere pleasure to share this Easter greeting with you in this Easter Pastoral Letter. In some ways it feels like it was just yesterday that we began the Solemn season of Lent, and now here we are with the joy of new life, new hope and our Risen Lord Jesus Christ to celebrate who we are as Christians in our world.

 

The first verse of the hymn quoted above is a question that all of us need to answer, accept and learn to share in our own lives as individuals and as a Parish Family. Can it be true that Jesus Christ is raised to life today? Absolutely and Praise Be to God for that! As baptized Christians we are called upon to share in the joyous and wondrous news that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead and with his resurrection he has given all those who choose to receive it the greatest gift of eternal life.

 

We have spent the last six and a half weeks walking our Lenten path as we have observed a season filled with self-examination, penitence, prayer, fasting, almsgiving and reading & meditating on the word of God. All of these spiritual activities were not just intended to slow us down and help us focus on the season of Lent. They were also training exercises we have used to prepare ourselves for our lives as redeemed and blessed children of God.

 

I invite you to celebrate your new life in Christ by joining in worship, prayer, study and fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ at St. James. The Easter Season is a time filled with hope and renewal. It is a period during which we can grow and nurture a new way of being within our hearts, bringing to bloom within our lives new possibilities, new relationships with Jesus Christ and each other. In many ways, Eastertide is the springtime of the Church Year. Come and blossom within a Community that will welcome you with open arms.

 

You are invited to share in the ongoing work of God through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit through regular worship: Sundays at 8:30 & 10 am and Wednesdays at 10 am. You are also invited to break open Scripture with us every Wednesday at 11 am in the Church or to engage with the Holy Spirit in our Monday evening Eastertide study of The Helper by Catherine Marshall. If you are interested, please call or email me (477-6770 or rev.rachaelparker@gmail.com).

 

I look forward to greeting each of you this Eastertide in the name of our Risen Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. If you are unable to attend Church on Easter Sunday and would like to celebrate the Easter Sacrament, please call me and we will arrange for Easter Communion in your home.

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

 

God bless you all.
Rachael Parker+

Rector - St. James Anglican Church, Armdale