Dear Christ Church,
I’ve never traveled so long a distance in so short a time as we did between the Good Friday service and Easter morning this year.
We were there with Jesus, at the cross, entering into each other’s stories of deep sorrow and pain, exquisitely told, paired with compelling choral, instrumental, and dance performances, and with congregational singing.
Then Easter morning gave way to wild and heartfelt celebration, a riot of joy, with such a playful tone to the music, much laughter, and resounding shouts of “alleluia.” Easter is not just one day, it’s a whole season, like Lent. Therefore, “let us keep the feast”—keep celebrating, bring delight and wonder into these Eastertide weeks, have some friends over to play, eat, and laugh. We should give as much effort to keeping Eastertide as we do Lent. By the way, check out this great little video on the church calendar.
As people of the resurrection, our calling is to practice resurrection, living as a new humanity in God’s new world. This is our vocation.
In two weeks, the Rev. Dr. Bill Walker and his family will be joining us, our newest staff addition. As Director of Vocation, he will lead us in understanding what it means to discover and walk in both our common and particular “calling” as disciples, sent into the world for glory of God and the sake of others. While this is an innovative church staff position designed to serve primarily Christ Church, Fr. Bill will also be available to help other congregations in our diocese and city form and mobilize congregants with a clear sense of their divine vocation. You can learn more about the position here, and more about Bill here.
With Eastertide Joy,