Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! This morning broke bright and sunny. Sadly, we were unable to have sunrise service at the pond altar – this would have been one of the best services outside in the past few years. But, that’s the breaks of “safer at home” and we are safer at home. I wish you could see the grounds today: buttercups are all over the front yard, there are ducklings in the pond, and the flowers in front of the sanctuary are blooming. We did have our first virtual Coffee Hour today – 10 of us Zoomed for coffee hour and it was nice to see folks again. Soon, but probably not too soon, we’ll see each other – as long as we stay safe.
In worship today we heard the stories of resurrection and new beginning. In our lesson from the Acts of the Apostles we hear Peter tell Cornelius that God doesn’t show partiality. If someone comes to God with sincerity God will not reject them out of hand because of their heritage – Christ died for all. The Letter to the Colossians continued the story of community and the promises made and fulfilled by God in the person of Jesus Christ and his resurrection. In John’s gospel this Easter, we heard the story of Mary’s disorientation, the disciples (Peter and the disciple Jesus loved) seeing and not understanding, and the story of Jesus personally restoring Mary to orientation to the new beginning. The empty tomb on that first Easter day led to the new beginning of Jesus’ ministry through others in the world. The empty churches around the world today (because of the virus) may be the signal of a new beginning of ministry and the possibility of connection outside what we’ve come to expect.
Blessings to you and a happy Eastertide. I invite your comments,
Readings: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-18
Video of today’s worship: https://youtu.be/BzOYP6imoxU