Vicar's Corner (from the May Newsletter)

The Easter Season
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

The buzz of Easter Sunday has gone away. The special flowers are gone from the altar, the brass quartet isn’t playing every Sunday, church attendance has gone back to the regular pattern. Some of the fanfare of Easter has indeed vanished, but this month I’d like you to remember- we’re still in the season of Easter!

The joy of the resurrection of Jesus is far too great to be contained on one day, however special our celebration of Easter may be. The glorious news that Jesus was not in the tomb, that He has risen, never to die again takes up an entire season on our church calendar. Have you noticed the colors on the altar and on pastor’s stole? They’re still white. Our hymns are still hymns proclaiming the resurrection. Our worship services are still services of Easter
joy!

Even after the season of Easter ends and our focus shifts, we can also remember that each Sunday is a celebration of the resurrection! We gather for worship on Sunday mornings because Christ rose from the dead that third day. We wake up early, just as the women did on that first Easter. We come to church to find a living Christ, just as Mary Magdalene found at the tomb! The resurrection of Jesus is the single most important event in human history. He broke the pattern that existed from the fall until his resurrection. To this day, Jesus is the only one to rise from the dead and never die again. And as glorious as that fact is, even greater is the fact that the resurrection of Jesus is your resurrection as well! The resurrection of Jesus guaranteed resurrection for you, and foreshadowed that day when all the dead will rise. Each worship service, and each day of the life of a Christian is lived in this resurrection joy and hope.

As the wonderful hymn “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing” says:
“Easter triumph, Easter joy,
this alone can sin destroy!
From sin's power, Lord, set us free,
new-born souls in you to be. Alleluia!”

The triumph and joy or the resurrection go with us. Because Christ has risen from the dead, because we serve a living Lord, because the resurrection of Jesus is your resurrection we can joyously say “Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!” throughout the entire Easter season and all year round.

Vicar Joshua Ulm