The Liturgy - BCP
The Liturgy - BAS
of the Week
once was, is no longer …
now is … is greater than anything we could ask for or imagine!
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, welcome to a new thing, a new world,
a new peace! In the Risen Christ all has been made new, and the Good
News is that you have been personally invited to participate in this
new thing. This is wonderful news indeed!
I write this Easter Epistle, it is still Lent but Easter is coming.
The days are getting longer, the early morning birds are singing, I
have even seen my long-anticipated chipmunk friend darting around
the backyard of the Rectory. All of these things remind me that
there is so much to anticipate and so much to rejoice in. Spring is
coming, the snow will one day melt and the green blade will rise.
… And as I think on these things, I am reminded that soon I will
be shouting the "alleluias" and celebrating that Jesus
Christ has indeed risen. Easter, like spring, cannot come quickly
enough for me.
a Christian Church, as believers in community, we celebrate the
glorious and wondrous gift God gave to us through His Risen Son,
Jesus Christ. We can choose to stay at the foot of the cross, or we
can recognize Jesus' hand on our shoulder, urging us to come and
follow him beyond the cross and into the new life of a Resurrected
Saviour. As a community, we gather at the Easter Vigil and on Easter
Morning and live in the glorious promise fulfilled, that death has
lost its sting and Jesus Christ has risen, and he has invited us to
rise with him. Easter is that moment, or 50-day season, during which
we focus on new hope, the fulfilment of promises, looking forward to
the glories God has invited us to participate in.
individual Christians, we don't have to limit ourselves to the
liturgical year to celebrate Easter. That glorious day of new birth,
of breaking the bonds that have tied us down, of seeing God's
creation - and our own lives - through new eyes, can come to us at
times completely unexpected. Yes, Easter is a day and a season in
the Church Year but Easter can break in upon us unawares at any
the days and weeks ahead, I encourage you to intentionally kneel
before the cross - literally or figuratively - lay down your cares
and concerns, offer to God your questions and reservations and even
your hopes. Place them at the foot of the cross and then wait for
the touch of Jesus, the Risen Christ on your shoulder. And when you
feel that touch, don't worry about all that you have laid down, just
rise with him and allow his love and his glorious
sacrifice-which-became-your salvation to nurture you and encourage
you and help you to know your own personal Easter Day.
Jesus did indeed rise from the dead for all of God's children, but
he also rose from the dead for YOU! Jesus loves you in ways that you
may never have experienced before. Let him love you. Let him save
you. Let him accompany you wherever you might go.
all of us, your brothers and sisters in Christ as we gather together
this Holy Week and Easter. Allow us the privilege of rejoicing as a
community. And then, when you awaken to realize you are experiencing
your very own, personal Easter Day as well (whenever that might
happen) come and celebrate with us then too. Let us sing the
alleluias as we celebrate your new birth as well.
bless you, my friends in Christ. May you know the peace of Christ
- St. James, Armdale