Celebrating Eastertide the Week of April 18
This is the third Sunday of the Easter season. Life springs forth in new possibilities for He is Risen Indeed. Alleluia.
Christ is risen, also, in our deeds, what we do for eachother, and for the stranger.
The week of April 18 we remember the disciples who were full of Easter joy but disbelieving about the Resurrection. They were "still wondering" we are told. Jesus honored their questions then and he respects your questions of faith now.
Many of us have questions now about why young black men continue to die. We'll pray about that on Sunday and for those who are to protect and serve. We must also ask the Prince of Peace to move us beyond prayer to act with care and concern for all God's creation.
In these challenging times of Covid-19, we are not yet back to meeting in person, but rather online to keep everyone safe while we do our part to slow the spread.
The Rev. Tom Garrison will lead our service of Morning Prayer at 9:30 a.m., and offer his take on how we can be faithful servants even in the midst of our doubts. The full service is available each week on Zoom. Contact us in advance of Sunday to receive links to the service, and worship guide. We are a church, by the way, that is perfectly fine with questions.
We also enjoy a good laugh.
If you would like someone to pray for you or your concerns, simply use the prayer form to the right of this article.
The talented hymn writer Carolyn Winfrey Gillette reminds us: When we face an unknown future that we can't imagine yet, when the [life] we have treasured turns from blessing into threat--As we miss our friends and loved ones, as we crave community, may we look, God, in this season, for a whole new way to be.
Our Book of Common Prayer reminds us in times like these:
This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord for whatever it may be. If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If to lie low, help me to do it patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus. Amen.
What is Eastertide?
Eastertide, or the Easter season, marks the 40 days from Easter to Christ's Ascension after his Resurrection. Today, we are Christ's hands and feet in a hurting world. Don't forget to check in with people in your neighborhood who may be alone or vulnerable, or to cheer someone up with a card or a call. We are the Church together.
And remember to mask up, so we can more quickly get past this Pandemic as more people are vaccinated.
We hope you have a good week, and may + the blessings of Christ go with you this day, and always.
What We Stand For
The four pillars of Episcopal belief are Scripture, Reason, Tradition & Experience. We believe we are called to love everyone, with no exceptions. Our's is an ancient faith, but a modern one too.
Each week we have readings from the Bible and we listen for the inspired Word of God. Sermons (homilies) are based on the weekly scripture readings, but because the Good Book was written by humans we draw on knowledge and reason to interpret the Bible’s meaning—and not literal interpretation of every word.
A message from Pastor Tom