Easter Joy 2019
The sap in the trees starts to run, wild geese can be heard
on their return flight and the sun feels warm on our faces.
We emerge from a long hard winter knowing that soon new life will begin to spring forth from those places around us that appear lifeless and rather barren. As Christians, we are people of hope and so, even when the evidence is to the contrary, we keep our eyes open and our hearts poised for signs of new life. We are on the lookout for what has been promised to us…light in the darkness, health and wholeness in the midst of brokenness and death being transformed into life even when it might seem like an unrealistic or extravagant dream. We are not limited by what seems improbable in the eyes of those who lack this same spirit of hopefulness, rather we are invigorated and enlivened by what might be possible…what our imaginations might be able to give birth to. Especially in this new season…we are hopeful.
As Christians, we tell our sacred stories year after year and they never get old. We work our way through the liturgical year and as we do we find a pattern that is both familiar and comforting. It gives our life grounding. As we journey through Lent we engage in self-examination and re-orient our lives towards God’s wisdom and life-giving path. It can be unsettling but it leads us to look at things with a fresh lens and perspective. It can bring divine purpose into focus for us thereby guiding us to make changes in our lives such that we essentially become the midwives of God’s vision for the world! As St. Teresa of Avila has written “Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world.”
Thankfully, as we approach Easter we already know how this story ends. We already know that love wins! This means that without being worried about the outcome we can let ourselves explore the difficult parts of the story of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. We can contemplate the feelings of those who journeyed with Jesus during his life and ministry, the wonder and perplexity they felt in being with him and how they were then confronted by his death. We can relate in some way to that experience and the roller-coaster of emotion including excitement, exhaustion, emptiness and despair. By walking that path in Lent and re-tracing those steps we position our selves to be surprised by joy as we reach Holy Saturday and Easter morning. Christ’s resurrection is the core of our tradition, the launching point for the eventual ministry of the Church (as the body of Christ) and the basis for our mission as disciples of Christ.
Death does not have the final word. New life continues to spring forth and we can receive it, give shape to it and extend it to those we meet and journey with. Christ is Risen. Alleluia! Let us share this Good News with others.
May Easter joy fill your hearts and homes.
With our every blessing,
Rev. Carolyn Seabrook and Rev. Allan Budzin
Join us for our
Holy Week & Easter Services 2019
Parish of South Carleton
Apr. 14 Palms & Passion Services (regular service times in our four churches…see our calendar of events)
Apr. 18 Maundy Thursday Dinner & Service – St. John’s, Kars (6:30 p.m.)
Apr. 19 Good Friday
· 10:00 a.m. - Holy Trinity North Gower - ecumenical walk starts at Cornerstone Church at 9:30 a.m. with service at Holy Trinity Anglican Church - 2372 Church St., North Gower
· 10:00 a.m. - (Kars-Osgoode) – starts at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kars and processes to the Anglican and United Churches in the village of Kars.
· 1:00 p.m. Holy Trinity Metcalfe - Service in the church at 1:00 p.m.
Apr. 20 Holy Saturday Easter Vigil –7:45 p.m. Holy Trinity, North Gower
Apr. 21 Easter Morning Celebrations (regular service times in our four churches…see our calendar of events)