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Journey Notes for Eastertide 2019

 

“Every morning is Easter morning from now on;
every day’s resurrection day, the past is over and gone.”
Avery and Marsh

 

Dear Easter People:

Yes I know it’s May, but it is still Eastertide—the fifty days of Easter that stretches from Easter proper until Pentecost, which this year is on June 9. It’s 50 days to celebrate the good news of the empty tomb and 50 days to rejoice that God was the victor after all, defeating even death itself. It takes more than one Sunday morning to let all that sink in. It takes more than one day of worship to offer praise and thanksgiving to God for that amazing gift which epitomizes hope and the promise of new life. It really takes more than 50 days. It might take a lifetime to fully appreciate what God has done for us out of love. Remember God chose us, and God continues to choose us. It really is amazing grace that we cele-brate every Sunday when we gather to worship. It is the same amazing gift that we are called to cele-brate daily—since that first Easter morning, every morning is Easter morning because of what God has done for us. Frederick Buechner, in Whistling in the Dark, says that Easter ebbs and flows around us—the Eastertide.


Throughout May we have much to celebrate as we allow Easter faith to continue to shape us.

† May 5 we celebrate Holy Communion, and we remember the risen Christ sharing break- fast on the beach with the disciples.
† May 12 is the Festival of the Christian Home, and we celebrate especially the women in
our lives who continue to inspire us.
† May 19 we will recognize our foundations as we celebrate our heritage.
† May 26 is in the midst of Memorial Day weekend and is the Sixth Sunday of Easter so
our remembrance and celebration continues.

And looking ahead, on June 2 we will recognize our graduates and on Pentecost Sunday, June 9, we will celebrate with an affirmation of our music ministry. The Easter celebration will continue to ebb and flow in our congregational life and hopefully in your individual lives as well.
William M. James wrote a wonderful Easter hymn that could be sung year round (hymnal, #304).

Easter people, raise your voices, sounds of heaven in earth should ring.
Christ has brought us heaven’s choices; heavenly music, let it ring.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Easter people let us sing.
Every day to us is Easter, with it’s resurrection song.
When in trouble move the faster to our God who rights the wrong.
Alleluia! Alleluia! See the power of heavenly throngs.
Easter people, let us continue to sing that Easter song of joy and hope.


Blessed Eastertide,

Pastor Arlene