FatherTerryWebEditRev. Terry Street - Rector

"Surprise! He Is Risen" Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

After holding our “Alleluias” throughout the long season of Lent, the draught of “Alleluias” was restored during the first Easter Service of the Great Vigil of Easter, followed by our Sunday Easter celebrations. The first said “Alleluia” can be found in the Great Opening Acclamation:

 

“Alleluia, Christ is Risen. The Lord is risen, indeed,
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!”

 

The Great Opening Alleluia will continue to be said at the beginning of each Eastertide service from Easter until the Day of Pentecost.

 

The season following the Easter celebration is called the Eastertide season or “The Great Fifty Days of Easter” until Pentecost. The Eastertide Season is a time of celebration, rejoicing and thanksgiving for the Risen Lord! It is where we celebrate “The Big Surprise!” of the Resurrection. We celebrate the “surprise” of a Risen Lord after the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. We celebrate that Jesus conquered death and brings to us through his Resurrection, New Life and life everlasting. The surprise for everyone was just when it looked like evil, sin and death had won, “Surprise!”, God played a winning hand that conquered evil, sin and death with love from a cross. James Harnish in his book Easter Earthquake offers a humorous commentary: “Followers of the risen Christ dare to believe that in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, God has tweaked the nose of the bully named Death, and we face death in the sure and certain hope that we will be among its tweakers on that resurrection day when the whole creation will laugh with the laughter of God” (p. 82).

 

Another wonderful Easter surprise was that Jesus did not just rise from the dead and immediately go to heaven. He surprised his disciples and followers by appearing to them and by staying with them for their comfort and continued teaching and guidance. What a wonderful surprise for Mary Magdalene, the disciples and even to the unknown follower on the road to Emmaus. What they expected to be the end of a story turns into the beginning of a never-ending story of God’s presence and love. The promise of Easter is that God will be present to us. He will meet us along the dusty road of our lives where there may be fear, anxiety, confusion, disappointment or chaos, and he will be present with us offering peace and guidance.

 

If we open our eyes and hearts to see him, don’t be surprised if we find him everywhere! May you find him this Eastertide season Happy Easter!

 

  “The Best is Yet to Come!”


Fr. Terry  t


 


 


May 27, 2018

 

 

SundaY WORSHIP


8:00 AM ContemplAtive Service (no music)

Alternating RITE I and Rite II


10:30 AM Holy Eucharist,Organ & Choir

Alternating Rite I and Rite II

 

Children's Nursery

provided for all Sunday Services.

 

Wednesday Worship 


12:10 PM Holy Communion and Healing Service

 



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