A powerful congruence happens when the message of Easter coincides with the blooming of the trees and other signs of the awakening nature after a long winter. It’s as intense as an Easter fire can be. On Easter Sunday the feeling was so strong that it made us forget our relocation to fellowship hall due to the coming construction in our church. The relocation had a logistic and organizational impact on our worship service, but not a spiritual one. The message of Easter did that, and its reflections in nature in front of our doors.
But how will it continue? Only a few of us are aware that the Easter Season continues until the day of the Ascension of Christ, this year on May 29. During medieval times, the church had numerous traditions of celebrating Easter for this extended period of time. There were special dances, Emmaus walks and Easter dinners. Not much of this is left in our public memory.
Yet, if the experience of the resurrection entails more than a few good feelings on Easter Sunday, than we will want to be curious about the new life sprouting in us. We will want to be intentional about watching what God is doing in our midst, and how God offers us over and over again this new life of the resurrection.
Our congregation has many possibilities where we can see this happening. Sometimes, we see God working through external circumstances, through people, funds and ideas furthering our life and ministry. But just as often, God works through us, the people here at church. We may find renewed meaning in worship or Sunday School; an extra little something to give towards the benevolences of the church, or even a call to join the forces of Dina’s Dwelling, one of the choirs, or the adult education class “First Wednesdays”.
Whatever it may be, it will be important for us to stay alert to the signs of what God is doing among us. The message of the empty tomb was that life is stronger than death. How will you and I appropriate this in coming weeks?
With fond wishes,