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Eastertide

Friday, April 28, 2017 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality

In our crescendo finale culture, I hope you are enjoying Eastertide.

Did you just think, “Huh?”  I tend to avoid using words which many may think of as outdated or uncommon. But “Eastertide” is a good one to use still, because it invites you into the rest and life of Easter reality. Easter Sunday may be just one day, but Easter is both a season on the calendar and an ongoing reality of life in Christ.

To mark the change of season from Lent to Easter, we call out during worship,

(leader)    “Alleluia! The Lord is risen.”

(congregation)   “He is risen indeed. Alleluia!”

Those in Christ have risen with him. This is the ongoing reality of the Christian faith. We are resurrection people; we are new life people.   “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come.” ( 2 Corinthians 5:17)

50 days pass between Easter Day and Pentecost. This is “Eastertide.” During this season the disciple of Jesus is invited to walk with Jesus, to enter into his resurrection story, and to reflect over how the life of Christ influences your “new” life daily in *this* particular Eastertide. Walk, enter, reflect– these things are hard in a culture that prizes crescendo finales. But Jesus rising and leaving the tomb on Easter isn’t the same as the finale of a fireworks show or orchestral piece of music. It wasn’t the end. The cross was the end. The empty tomb is the beginning.

Our social trends would have use race toward Easter, celebrate the day, and then get back to normal.  I wonder if that pattern gets in your way of walking, entering, and reflecting over what Jesus did on the cross and by leaving the tomb? I wonder if that pattern disrupts your ability to consider who you have been made to now be? Let me give you permission, just in case you need to hear it. Don’t get back to normal.  Walk, enter, and reflect.  This is the real stuff of life.

Grace and Peace,

Mark+

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Anglican Mission logoChrist The King Anglican Church embodies the Three Streams of the historic Christian Church: The Scripture (Evangelical stream), The Sacred (the Sacramental stream) and The Spirit (the Charismatic stream).   We are happy to belong to The Anglican Mission: A Society of Mission and Apostolic Works. The Mission.  The Mission began in December 1999, and it has been the leader in establishing new churches and ministries in an Anglican heritage across North America. In recent years, The Mission has grown to include many overseas works, including The Anglican Mission: India.

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