Easter Message

Message from the Minister

 

As we move into spring, we begin to see the trees sprouting leaves and flowers blooming. These rebirths are certainly an important part of spring.  For Christians, the most important rebirth is, of course, the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that we celebrate on Easter morning.

 

We need to remember however, that for Christians, Easter is not just one day, but rather a 50-day period. The season of Easter, or Eastertide in the Christian calendar, begins at sunset on the eve of Easter day and ends on Pentecost, the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church as described in Acts 2.

 

The Season of Easter is more than just an extended celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.  In the early church, and still in many churches today, prior to Easter, Lent was a season for new converts to learn about the faith and prepare for baptism on Easter Sunday. The initial purpose of the 50-day Easter season was to provide a time for the continuation of the faith formation of these new Christians.

 

Today, this extended season gives us time to rejoice and experience what it means when we say “Christ is risen!” It’s the season when we remember our baptisms, and through this sacrament, we are, according to the liturgy, “incorporated into Christ’s mighty acts of salvation.” As “Easter people,” we also celebrate and ponder the birth of the Church and gifts of the Spirit (Pentecost), and how we are to live as faithful disciples of Christ.

 

As you watch the flowers bloom and the leaves return to the trees, celebrate nature’s reawakening, but also celebrate God’s greatest gift to us—the salvation given to us through the life, death, and resurrection of our living Savior.  

 

                               Easter Blessings,

 

                               Barb

 

 

Easter Sunday

April 1, 2018

10:30 a.m.