This year, Easter Day was magnificent! Not only were we able to have close to 170 worshiping with us on Sunday, April 17, but we had our Chancel Choir, Glory Ringers, and a brass quintet as part of our service.
As we saw a couple of weeks ago, the liturgical season of Easter tends to start with a bang! And while all of the Easter candy goes on sale 50% off the next day, Easter Day isn’t the end of Easter - much like Christmas Day isn’t the end of Christmas. Both seasons start on their respective holidays. Our season of resurrection lasts 50 days until Pentecost. We move from the season of resurrection to the season when the Holy Spirit filled the followers of Christ with new visions and dreams. From Easter to Pentecost, we are invigorated by both resurrection and the power of the Holy Spirit.
I don’t know about you but during the season of Easter, I feel like I can take the deep breaths of spring and mild days. With the trees blooming and the days (slowly) becoming warmer, I know my spirits are lifted as I see the physical presence of resurrection through the earth coming back to life. And I’m reminded that nature isn’t the only piece of our world coming alive.
For some, you may be seeing health returning to you. For others, you may be finding yourself refreshed in a new vocation. Maybe you are experiencing more moments of normalcy and a lifted spirit after a season of grieving. Or maybe you are finding a path to healing when it comes to your mental health. There are people who may be reading this who suffer from seasonal affective disorder, and the bright, longer days of spring may lift your moods.
Resurrection feels like a welcomed state after the long nights in the shadows of winter. Resurrection plays a role as we are in a season of visioning at St. Paul. Through the presence of the Holy Spirit and a church life filled with resurrection moments, we know that God is calling us to something new. We feel the breath of God’s spirit enlivening us and enlightening us to new possibilities of what the next chapter of the church can look like.
We’ve never been alone in our journeys, even when the terrain of our paths have been much different than another’s. With God and neighbor, we’ve had companions along the way. And throughout our journeys, we’ve seen how resurrection has opened our lives, filling us with new dreams and possibilities. Through the experience of resurrection, we as individuals find the second wind for which we have been searching. And as a church community, we know that God is calling us to magnificent places.
I look forward to journeying through the season of resurrection with all of you!
P.S. Thank you to everyone who took time to interview or be interviewed as part of our visioning program!