Pastor’s Paragraph—April 12, 2018

What a wonderful and glorious Easter worship service we experienced at Calvary! Through the various movements of the service – the processional hymn, the congregational singing, the children’s sermon, the reading and proclamation of scripture, the orchestral and organ accompaniment, and the Sanctuary Choir’s presentation of Worthy Is the Lamb and Hallelujah from Handel’s Messiah – our congregation gave thanks for and celebrated the good news message of the resurrection of Christ. Easter Sunday 2018 was indeed a memorable moment in the life of our church!
 
Easter, however, is much more than just a one day celebration. Rather, within the liturgical church calendar, Easter (or Eastertide) is a fifty-day festival of celebration that extends from Easter Sunday to Pentecost (May 20 this year). The Easter event is too big to be confined to a single day or a single service of worship. The good news of Christ’s Resurrection is to be celebrated throughout our lives, and the fifty days of Eastertide celebrated within the liturgical church calendar helps to remind us of this fact.
 
Easter Sunday 2018 is over; however, Easter and Eastertide continue. So how are you doing in terms of keeping Easter going? Has the celebration already gone out of your Easter? Do you find yourself having a case of the post-Easter blahs?
 
Let me encourage you to be faithful and intentional in living out the good news message of Easter. Be present for worship. Find time each day to have a “quiet time” when you reflect on scripture, listen to God, and pray. Volunteer to participate in one of our church’s many ongoing ministry/mission projects. Give a generous offering. Invite a friend or neighbor to come to a church service or activity with you.
 
Don’t wait until next Easter to celebrate Easter again. Learn from the fifty day Eastertide celebration that is part of the liturgical church calendar. Ask God to help you find and implement various ways to keep Easter going throughout the year.
 
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we gather to worship God and to keep the Easter spirit going. May God bless our church as we serve the risen Christ!
 
Blessings,
 
Bob

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