Easter triumph, Easter joy, these alone do sin destroy. From sin’s power do thou set free souls new-born, O Lord, in thee. Hymns of glory, songs of praise, Father, unto thee we raise; risen Lord, all praise to thee with the Spirit ever be.
– Salzburg, The Hymnal 1982
The Resurrection is the Christian belief that life not death is the final answer; light breaks through darkness; hope overcomes despair; good can top evil; all shall be well in and through the One who makes the impossible possible. So, how might we live each day of our lives in the spirit of Easter triumph and Easter joy?
Easter living commands us to stop, pay attention, create a sacredness about our lives, care for others, choose compassion, do justice, and love foolishly, all in the name of Jesus, who was raised that we might have life. Considering this and the humbling reality that each new day is the only day we are guaranteed to know, Easter living is about practicing resurrection.
Society, work, school, and the diverse circles in which we find ourselves rarely are the most reliable backing required to practice resurrection. I offer that the Church, the body of Christ, in our many imperfections and deep beauty is the community intrinsically designed to nurture and empower the faith that lives within each of us. Moreover, it is the collective experience of worship and music, learning, community life, in-reach and outreach, and giving in all possible ways that will support our vows to practice resurrection. Faithful steps and radical measures to engage everything available through the space of life at St. Peter’s will keep us focused on what matters most: God and life. Then, all the rest will fall into place.
The world and its people need much of what the Church can offer: hope. Our hope is in the name of Lord, fully divine and fully human, raised into the new life that we all seek and likely want for others. With God’s help and together, let us practice resurrection, because we believe in God and life.
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector