Dear Christ Church,
Last night at our Tenebrae Service we entered the sacred mysteries of the “Paschal Triduum,” the Christian church’s three-day observance of Jesus’ betrayal, crucifixion, and resurrection. We join our fellow Anglicans around the world, and all the company of saints, to enter the fellowship of Jesus’ suffering and the joy of His resurrection. Our next two services, Good Friday tonight at 7pm, and Easter Sunday are outstanding opportunities to invite an unchurched friend to Christ Church.
While our focus is on the Triduum, don’t let these two things slip your notice and consideration:
1] Get Confirmed. I remember well the moment of my confirmation, on bended knee upon the cathedral’s stone floor. It felt like a “thin place” and time, where the veil between heaven and earth was more permeable, the presence of God more near. I want to invite you to be confirmed at Christ Church on May 29th by Bishop Todd Hunter. Check this out for some thoughts on why to be confirmed. In order to be confirmed, attendance in our upcoming (or past) Anglicanism class is required.
2] Join us for Monday School. Right here you will find a description of the three classes we are offering: Introduction to Anglicanism, a Marriage enrichment class, and Engaging our Culture and Callings. I would like to highlight the last one, which might be the least understood, but actually touches on more of us than the others. In fact, every single person has a calling that needs to be understood and lived faithfully in the world. What pursuits, responsibilities, and commitments occupy most of the hours of your week? How do you understand what it means to find meaning, even sacred significance, in those everyday activities and in our common cultural life?
I hope to see you at the Good Friday service tonight! “God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Awaiting the resurrection,